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Published on September 15th, 2016 |

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City pays $76,000 more in fines for Watershed Management violations

The Atlanta City Council has approved paying $76,000 in stipulated penalties arising from alleged environmental violations at five Department of Watershed Management sites in November and December of 2015, including the Tanyard Creek CSO facility in south Buckhead.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Protection Division of the state Department of Natural Resources penalized Atlanta for seven violations involving fecal coliform levels, sampling failures and other operating issues, according a resolution passed by the Council last week.

The violations occurred at the North Avenue, Custer Avenue, Tanyard Creek and Clear Creek combined sewer control facilities and the West Area Water Quality Control Facility.
The city is subject to penalties under the combined sewer overflows consent decree with the U.S. EPA.

The $76,000 in fines breaks down as follows:

• Failure to maintain adequate operational standards–effluent fecal coliform exceedance–at the North Avenue combined sewer control facility on Nov. 2, 2015;
• Failure to collect a grab sample at the Custer Avenue Combined Sewage Control Facility on Nov. 7, 2015;
• Failure to collect a composite sample at the Custer Avenue Combined Sewer Control Facility on Nov. 7, 2015;
• Failure to maintain adequate operational standards–effluent fecal coliform exceedance–at the Tanyard Creek Combined Sewer Control Facility on Nov. 7, 2015;
• Failure to maintain adequate operation for daily maximum standards for total residual chlorine at the Custer Avenue Combined Sewer Control Facility on Dec. 17, 2015;
• Failure to maintain adequate operation standards–effluent fecal coliform exceedance–at the Clear Creek Combined Sewer Control Facility on Dec. 17, 2015; and
• Failure to collect a composite sample at the West Area Water Quality Control Facility on Dec. 28, 2015.

Those who live around Atlanta Memorial Park and Tanyard Creek Park in south Buckhead will recall that both Tanyard Creek and Peachtree Creek flooded during the timeframes listed in November and December of 2015.

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