Update 2020-05-04: Press Release, Three weeks to comment on GA-EPD Valdosta wastewater Consent Order.
Much of what many people requested is in this Enforcement Order EPD-WP-8904 of the Public Notice of April 27, 2020.
Photo 1: Site where sewage flowed out of manhole into Sugar Creek.
Perhaps the most popular request, a fine, is included. As a Project In-Lieu of Penalty (PIP) stream testing is required, three times a week, down to the state line. Plus: “The Respondent shall post all the results of biological monitoring required after major spills to its website and to the Georgia EPD Adopt-A-Stream website within one business day of receipt of the results.”
All 250 sewer line creek crossings must be inspected by drone crews.
Valdosta must notify many Florida agencies, plus in Georgia Lowndes Health and Brooks EMA.
Other things are missing. WWALS is not on that notification list, for example.
Photo 2: Dead largemouth bass in Sugar Creek below Bay Tree Road.
And the Order reveals some Valdosta violations the public never knew about, such as a massive fish kill in December 2019. The cost of that calculated by GA-DNR Wildlife Division seems inadequate, since it doesn’t take into account people being unwilling to fish on the Withlacoochee River, for example.
If you think there should be more or changed requirements, the Public Comment period ends May 27, 2020.
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