Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Tennessee Riverkeeper Served Notice of Intent to Sue Wastewater Treatment Plant

Tennessee Riverkeeper

On Feb. 14 Tennessee Riverkeeper served notice of intent to sue the Water Works Board of the Town of Ardmore, Alabama in Limestone County. Riverkeeper took this action after discovering 2,024 violations of the Clean Water Act NPDES permit. The violations were being received by Piney Creek, a tributary of the Wheeler Reservoir of the Tennessee River.

Violations exceeded the discharge limitations for Ammonia (Nitrogen), Biochemical Oxygen Demand, E. Coli, and Total Suspended Solids. The violations occurred over a period from August 2007 to the present. The Federal Clean Water Act allows private citizens to bring a lawsuit in Federal Court to abate violations of the Act. Prior to bring suit, citizens must give the violator 60 days notice of their intent to file suit. The polluter may avoid suit by permanently coming into compliance within the 60 day period.

Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Ardmore was issued NPDES permit number AL0023329 which authorizes the permit holder to discharge from Outfall 0011 into Piney Creek, subject to stated discharge limitations and monitoring requirements. This permit was reissued on Sept. 13, 2004 and again on April 29, 2010. The Ardmore Waste Water Treatment Plant is also in violation of provisions of the stated permit by failing to monitor and file monitoring reports on certain months, as follows—September 2008, October 2008, November 2008, December 2008, May 2009, June 2009, September 2009, October 2009, April 2010, July 2010, and September 2011.

For more information, click here.

—————

Tennessee Riverkeeper was created by David Whiteside and Mark Martin. David Whiteside serves as Executive Director and Riverkeeper. Whiteside and Martin founded non-profit Black Warrior Riverkeeper in Alabama in 2001. Whiteside is the great nephew of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. (of Haleyville) who fought to desegregate the South; Whiteside is also the godson of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who serves as the President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, of which Tennessee Riverkeeper is a member. Mark Martin serves as prosecuting attorney for Tennessee Riverkeeper. Mark Martin is an environmental attorney with 29 years of legal experience, including over 10 years enforcing the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. Mark Martin was named a Sierra Club Legal Hero. Tennessee Riverkeeper is governed by a Board of Directors.

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Heavy industry on the lower Mississippi helps to create dead zones. AJ Wallace on Unsplash.

Cutting out coal-burning and other sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy industry, electricity production and traffic will reduce the size of the world's dead zones along coasts where all fish life is vanishing because of a lack of oxygen.

Read More Show Less

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has restricted the ability to gather in peaceful assembly, a Canadian company has moved forward with construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to the AP.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
A gas flare from the Shell Chemical LP petroleum refinery illuminates the sky on August 21, 2019 in Norco, Louisiana. Drew Angerer / Getty Images.

Methane levels in the atmosphere experienced a dramatic rise in 2019, preliminary data released Sunday shows.

Read More Show Less
A retired West Virginia miner suffering from black lung visits a doctor for tests. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images

In some states like West Virginia, coal mines have been classified as essential services and are staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the close quarters miners work in and the known risks to respiratory health put miners in harm's way during the spread of the coronavirus.

Read More Show Less
Solar panel installations and a wind turbine at the Phu Lac wind farm in southern Vietnam's Binh Thuan province on April 23, 2019. MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP via Getty Images

Renewable energy made up almost three quarters of all new energy capacity added in 2019, data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows.

Read More Show Less