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Fertilizer-maker tests reconnection to Apopka wastewater plant

Anuvia Plant Nutrients may reconnect its $100-million fertilizer operation to Apopka’s wastewater-treatment plant Monday, about two months after the company was ordered to stop piping its discharge to the facility.

Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Anuvia CEO Amy Yoder said the city and the company have worked together to find solutions despite differences over causes that led to a temporary shutdown of Anuvia’s operation, which makes fertilizer used by farmers, at golf courses and on the turf at Orlando City’s soccer stadium.

After an 11-day shutdown, the company resumed limited production in mid-March under an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The state required Anuvia to treat, test and monitor any wastewater discharged in a spray field near its facility on Jones Avenue, about a mile west of U.S. Highway 441.

Under terms of a new agreement, the company and the city will closely monitor a pre-treatment protocol and a pre-treatment system installed at the Anuvia plant.

The two sides hope to begin a live test on the safeguards Monday.