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Spill reported at RH sewage plant
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Richmond Hill officials  have reported a “major spill” that occurred June 1 at the Richmond Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant in near Sterling Creek.
Analytical results received from an independent laboratory indicated the spill would be considered “major” because it exceeded the permit discharge limits for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) by more than 50 percent.
The estimated spill volume was 1.35 million gallons and was discharged into Elbow Swamp. Although classified as a spill, the wastewater had been treated prior to its discharge into Elbow Swamp and poses no threat to the public.
Corrective actions include ongoing discussions with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for an increased waste load allocation, which will allow an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant and should prevent similar occurrences in the future.
The Georgia EPD was notified in accordance with state law.
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