Fulton County, which has struggled for years with antiquated sewer pipes and inadequate treatment plants, was hit the hardest. In July, the county was fined $135,000 for 28 major sewer spills -- including one into a tributary of the Chattahoochee River. Last week, EPD sent Fulton County another violation notice, with a proposed fine of $121,900. Once the latest fines are paid, Fulton County will have shelled out close to $1 million for sewage spills over the past five years.
These and dozens of other spills take a toll on the 'Hooch, which provides drinking water for more than 3 million metro Atlantans. Over the summer, during the height of the river's swimming and tubing season, there were 16 days when the levels of fecal bacteria in the river were high enough to pose a threat to human health.
One of Fulton's worst spills occurred March 7, 2000, when an overflow caused by heavy rains sent 585,000 gallons of raw sewage into Willeo Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee. The next day, EPD inspectors found that filters on the river were clogged, and the subsequent backwash was high in solid waste.
But Fulton County is by no means the only municipality spilling sewage into state rivers and streams.
In the latest round of fines, College Park also was hit. The city must pay $49,500 for spills into Sullivan Creek in August. East Point faces a $100,000 fine for sewer system problems. And Athens-Clarke County may have to pay $52,435 for its North Oconee water pollution control plant, which leaks and causes a stench that neighbors complain about.
Imagine that, a developer running regional planning. Does Jeff Fuqua know about this?
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