WWALS Watershed Coalition

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is Suwannee RIVERKEEPER® WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper and Lower Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

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GA-EPD Enforcement Order for Valdosta wastewater with fine 2020-04-13 [Up]

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The Order, EPD-WP-8904, in PDF:

If you think there should be more or changed requirements, the Public Comment period ends May 27, 2020.

Send comments to:
Mr. Lewis Hays
Manager, Watershed Compliance
Environmental Protection Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Suite 1152 East, Atlanta, GA 30334
Lewis.Hays@dnr.ga.gov
404-463-4953

[Photo 1: Site where sewage flowed out of manhole into Sugar Creek.]
Photo 1: Site where sewage flowed out of manhole into Sugar Creek.

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EPD-WP-8904-for-Public-Notice

[Withlacoochee and Mud Creek Water Pollution Control Plants (hereinafter,
Withlacoochee and Mud Creek Water Pollution Control Plants (hereinafter,
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[O.C.G.A. § 12-5-23 of the Water Quality Act, assigns the Director the authority]
O.C.G.A. § 12-5-23 of the Water Quality Act, assigns the Director the authority
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History

[on April 10, 2014, a Notice of Violation (hereinafter, “NOV”) was issued]
on April 10, 2014, a Notice of Violation (hereinafter, “NOV”) was issued
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[from December 2, 2018 to December 17, 2018... Respondent reported an estimated total 21,814,000 gallons of raw sewage and rainwater discharged to the Withlacoochee River]
from December 2, 2018 to December 17, 2018... Respondent reported an estimated total 21,814,000 gallons of raw sewage and rainwater discharged to the Withlacoochee River
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[on December 9, 2019, the Respondent reported a spill totaling 7.59 million gallons of raw sewage...]
on December 9, 2019, the Respondent reported a spill totaling 7.59 million gallons of raw sewage...
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[Respondent did not notice the error by EMC during its daily routine...]
Respondent did not notice the error by EMC during its daily routine...
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Violations & Civil Penalties

[Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division finds the fish kill in Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River ... estimated 1,536 fish]
Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division finds the fish kill in Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River ... estimated 1,536 fish
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Conditions

[Fine and CMOM]
Fine and CMOM
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[sewer assessment, infrastructure hrehabilitiation, SOPs, emergency plan]
sewer assessment, infrastructure hrehabilitiation, SOPs, emergency plan
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[creek crossing pipe inspection, hydraulic model,]
creek crossing pipe inspection, hydraulic model,
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[corrosion control, enforcement by Respondent, CMOM coordinator, check-in sheet, implementaiton schedules]
corrosion control, enforcement by Respondent, CMOM coordinator, check-in sheet, implementaiton schedules
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[revise SOPs, update spill reporting]
revise SOPs, update spill reporting
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[update spill sampling; online posting is required]
update spill sampling; online posting is required
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[WWTP catch basin, employee training, weekly sampling GA 133, US 84]
WWTP catch basin, employee training, weekly sampling GA 133, US 84
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[public education, permanent WQ station at US 84, sewer rehabilitation, finish SCADA system]
public education, permanent WQ station at US 84, sewer rehabilitation, finish SCADA system
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[Prioritize & complete sewer rehabilitation; generators, progress reports]
Prioritize & complete sewer rehabilitation; generators, progress reports
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[Permit Compliance & This Order is subject to public notice and comment]
Permit Compliance & This Order is subject to public notice and comment
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[Noncompliance & Force Majeure]
Noncompliance & Force Majeure
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[written notice of as to the anticipated length (if known) and cause of any delay due to Force Majeure]
written notice of as to the anticipated length (if known) and cause of any delay due to Force Majeure
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[Additional Conditions]
Additional Conditions
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[Signed for City of Valdosta, W. Darryl Muse, Utility Director, 4.13.20]
Signed for City of Valdosta, W. Darryl Muse, Utility Director, 4.13.20
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Attachment A

[Sanitary Sewer System Spills, April 8, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2019]
Sanitary Sewer System Spills, April 8, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2019
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[(1 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation]
(1 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation
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[(2 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation]
(2 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation
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[(3 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation]
(3 of 3) A.1 - Spills After Withlacoochee Relocation
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Attachment B

[Permit Violations 2014-04-08 -- 2019-12-31]
Permit Violations 2014-04-08 -- 2019-12-31
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[(1 of 2) Mud Creek & Withlacoochee WTP Violations]
(1 of 2) Mud Creek & Withlacoochee WTP Violations
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[(1 of 2) Mud Creek & Withlacoochee WTP Violations]
(1 of 2) Mud Creek & Withlacoochee WTP Violations
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Attachment C

[Fish Kill Investigation, DNR Wildlife Div., 2019-12-18]
Fish Kill Investigation, DNR Wildlife Div., 2019-12-18
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[Fisheries Management Section — Waycross Office]
Fisheries Management Section — Waycross Office
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[Both individuals also immediately noticed a pungent odor and evidence that a pulse of water]
Both individuals also immediately noticed a pungent odor and evidence that a pulse of water
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[estimate the total number of fish killed by extrapolation from direct counts on stretches of Sugar Creek and the Withlacoochee River]
estimate the total number of fish killed by extrapolation from direct counts on stretches of Sugar Creek and the Withlacoochee River
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[The sewage spill had been stopped approximately 24 hours before WRD-FM staff were notified]
The sewage spill had been stopped approximately 24 hours before WRD-FM staff were notified
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[Figure 1. Location ... fish kill ... Sugar Creek ... Withlacoochee Rover 2019-12-10]
Figure 1. Location ... fish kill ... Sugar Creek ... Withlacoochee Rover 2019-12-10
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[Photo 1: Site where sewage flowed out of manhole into Sugar Creek.]
Photo 1: Site where sewage flowed out of manhole into Sugar Creek.
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[Photo 2: Dead largemouth bass in Sugar Creek below Bay Tree Road.]
Photo 2: Dead largemouth bass in Sugar Creek below Bay Tree Road.
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[Photo 3: Black algae on bottom of Sugar Creek below Bay Tree Road.]
Photo 3: Black algae on bottom of Sugar Creek below Bay Tree Road.
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[Photo 4: Confluence of Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River.]
Photo 4: Confluence of Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River.
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[Photo 5: Dead fish in the Withlacoochee River below the confluence of Sugar Creek.]
Photo 5: Dead fish in the Withlacoochee River below the confluence of Sugar Creek.
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[Photo 6: Discolored water in Withlacoochee River below confluence with Sugar Creek.]
Photo 6: Discolored water in Withlacoochee River below confluence with Sugar Creek.
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[Table 1. Water quality parameters ... WRD Fisheries Section fish kill investigation at Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River]
Table 1. Water quality parameters ... WRD Fisheries Section fish kill investigation at Sugar Creek and Withlacoochee River
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[Table 2. Total number of dead fish enumerated and their monetary values]
Table 2. Total number of dead fish enumerated and their monetary values
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[Table 3. WRD Fisheries Section investigative costs associated with a fish kill investigation]
Table 3. WRD Fisheries Section investigative costs associated with a fish kill investigation
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Attachment D

[Response to Notice of Violation 2014-05-19]
Response to Notice of Violation 2014-05-19
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[Causes, by Henry Hicks]
Causes, by Henry Hicks
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[steps to remedy]
steps to remedy
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[aggressive schedule]
aggressive schedule
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Attachment E

[Annual Report 2018-12-27]
Annual Report 2018-12-27
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[Catch basin, Pump Stations, Force Main]
Catch basin, Pump Stations, Force Main
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[Delay catch basin, relocation of WWTP]
Delay catch basin, relocation of WWTP
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[Collection System Evaluation]
Collection System Evaluation
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[Excessive rain delayed catch basin; Manhole Replacement/Rehabilitation Program]
Excessive rain delayed catch basin; Manhole Replacement/Rehabilitation Program
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[Lift Station Rehabilitation, SCADA, generators]
Lift Station Rehabilitation, SCADA, generators
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[Diesel generators, and WWTP repairs]
Diesel generators, and WWTP repairs
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[$80 million invested]
$80 million invested
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Attachment F

[Response to Notice of Violation 2019-03-19]
Response to Notice of Violation 2019-03-19
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[Causes, unfinished rehabilitation projects, by Darryl Muse]
Causes, unfinished rehabilitation projects, by Darryl Muse
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[Catch basin, collection evaluation program]
Catch basin, collection evaluation program
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[Manhole rehab team, SCADA, portable generators]
Manhole rehab team, SCADA, portable generators
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Attachment G

[Capital Improvement Plan]
Capital Improvement Plan
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[Table D-9 High Priority and Follow-On Project Detailed Cost by Basin]
Table D-9 High Priority and Follow-On Project Detailed Cost by Basin
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Attachment H

[H-1: Florida Sewage Spill Notification List]
H-1: Florida Sewage Spill Notification List
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[Florida contacts]
Florida contacts
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[More Florida contacts]
More Florida contacts
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[H-2 Additional Contacts: FDEP, FL Leg., Lowndes Health, Brooks EMA]
H-2 Additional Contacts: FDEP, FL Leg., Lowndes Health, Brooks EMA
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Attachment I

[EPA Region 4 Guide to CTSMOM Programs]
EPA Region 4 Guide to CTSMOM Programs
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[Purpose & Disclaimer]
Purpose & Disclaimer
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[(1 of 3) Table of Contents]
(1 of 3) Table of Contents
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[(2 of 3) Table of Contents]
(2 of 3) Table of Contents
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[(3 of 3) Table of Contents]
(3 of 3) Table of Contents
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[Introduction]
Introduction
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[Documentation, Trained Personnel]
Documentation, Trained Personnel
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[Clean Water Act Violations, Example]
Clean Water Act Violations, Example
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[basic population and inventory information as well as a recent system performance summary.]
basic population and inventory information as well as a recent system performance summary.
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[Recent Performance Summary]
Recent Performance Summary
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[MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS, 1. Organization, 2. Training]
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS, 1. Organization, 2. Training
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[3. Safety]
3. Safety
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[4. Information Management System, 5. Engineering]
4. Information Management System, 5. Engineering
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[This program ensures prospective infrastructure is inspected and evaluated for compliance]
This program ensures prospective infrastructure is inspected and evaluated for compliance
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[v.) Flow Monitoring]
v.) Flow Monitoring
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[i. System Capacity Assurance Program]
i. System Capacity Assurance Program
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[6. Overflow Tracking 7. Financial Analyses]
6. Overflow Tracking 7. Financial Analyses
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[8. Equipment and Supplies 9. Customer Service]
8. Equipment and Supplies 9. Customer Service
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[10. Legal Support 11. Water Quality Monitoring]
10. Legal Support 11. Water Quality Monitoring
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[12. Contingency Plan for Utility Infrastructure]
12. Contingency Plan for Utility Infrastructure
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[b. Response Flow Diagram]
b. Response Flow Diagram
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[OPERATION PROGRAMS]
OPERATION PROGRAMS
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[credible enforcement program: performance measures; and a mechanism for notifying]
credible enforcement program: performance measures; and a mechanism for notifying
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[MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS]
MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
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[5. Reactive Maintenance Program]
5. Reactive Maintenance Program
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Attachment J

[Valdosta Response to Meeting 2020-03-05]
Valdosta Response to Meeting 2020-03-05
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[requests a Project In-Lieu of Penalty (PIP).... Okapilco Creek, Knights Ferry, Nankin, State Line, bacterial & DNA]
requests a Project In-Lieu of Penalty (PIP).... Okapilco Creek, Knights Ferry, Nankin, State Line, bacterial & DNA
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[Respectfully, W. Darryl Muse, Utilities Director, City of Valdosta]
Respectfully, W. Darryl Muse, Utilities Director, City of Valdosta
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