Update 2020-05-04: Press Release, Three weeks to comment on GA-EPD Valdosta wastewater Consent Order.
Update 2020-05-03: The entire GA-EPD Enforcement Order for Valdosta wastewater with fine 2020-04-13.
GA-EPD is fining Valdosta this time, for the first time ever. The persistent rumors from multiple sources were right about that.
Before anyone complains that the taxpayers will have to pay that fine, remember Valdosta has insurance, and so does the contractor that left the Remer Lane Pump Station offline back in December 2019, causing Valdosta’s biggest single spill since 2015.
Spill and Remer Lane Pump Station
And if the fine does get passed through to the taxpayers, maybe that will be incentive for the people of Valdosta to demand their city government stop spilling, by at least doing all the things this new Enforcement Order requires.
There is a comment period that opened Monday, April 27, 2020 through Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
That’s right, Monday, and we only found out about it
today, Friday Thursday.
Thanks to GA-EPD for alerting us to this notice.
The City of Valdosta doesn’t seem to have published anything about it.
If the actual Enforcement Order is online somewhere, can somebody please point me to it. Without that, I don’t know how anyone can comment coherently. I have filed an open records request with GA-EPD to get it.
This is apparently the Order that the U.S. EPA told us back on January 8, 2020, to expect “in weeks, not months.” Well, ten weeks or 2.5 months is better than never.
Let’s look at the “Requirements of Order“: Continue reading