...into the vast history of sewage spills into the Tennessee River by the City of Decatur, AL. Over the past year, almost 8 MILLION gallons of raw sewage have spilled into the river. The ineptness and incompetence involved borders on the criminal and demands an investigation. The damage to the river, both in terms of the environment, as well as economic, is huge.
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An environmental group is ready to file a federal lawsuit because it claims millions of gallons of sewage were released into the Tennessee River.
Friday, Tennessee Riverkeeper filed a notice of intent to sue Decatur Utilities. So far this year, the group claims the utility's wastewater treatment plant overflowed fifty times dumping nearly 6.5 million gallons of untreated sewage into the river.
Riverkeeper also blames the plant for dumping cancer-causing chemical compounds into the Tennessee from industry in Decatur.
The group wants the dumping declared illegal.
Between 3-M's wilful violations and Decatur's incompetence, we're looking 'Love Canal' all over again.
Florence had similar problem but I reckon they bit the bullet and got their issue taken care of.
Decatur sewers overflowed 13 times over a 24-hour period this weekend.