A proposal in Newmarket to construct a wastewater and wastewater-to-energy facility near the Newfield town line has drawn skepticism. The project would address the town's wastewater treatment plant issues and eventually would pay for a new junior/senior high school. However, the same project failed to pass muster in Portsmouth two years ago and has no proven track record. The proposal was made by Dale Bishop of Hydra Renewable Resources to the Town Council to construct what he called an integrated waste resource and recovery management system. Bishop believes that the facility would exceed federal EPA standards to treat waste for recycling at less than the 3-milligrams-per-liter level of nitrogen, thereby eliminating the town's need to build a new wastewater treatment plant and eliminates $1.4 million annually in operating costs. Portsmouth Deputy Public Works Director Peter Rice said that Hydra Renewable Resources made the same offer to their town in the past and that they were skeptical as there is no credible evidence that the technology has ever worked. Bishop said Hydra is willing to put up $500,000 to conduct a detailed financial feasibility study for Newmarket and that he hopes to appear before the Newmarket Town Council again in September.