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Airport Sludge

Fayetteville, NC: (Sep-29-07) The North Carolina State Division of Water Quality brought a lawsuit against the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission, over an illegal sludge dump in 2006. In May 2007, The State Division of Water Quality fined the airport more than $97,000 for several environmental violations, including dumping sludge into a wetlands area. The suit claimed that a former employee of the airport is suspected of dumping an undetermined amount of sludge into a nearby swamp over a period of months to save the airport money.

In a settlement reached, the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission agreed to pay the state $75,000 in penalties and make thousands of dollars worth of upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. With the settlement, the airport will pay about $22,000 less in fines but will be required to submit to a list of conditions, including closer monitoring of sludge disposal and thousands of dollars in upgrades to plant equipment. The upgrades must be completed by Oct. 1, 2008. The agreement also requires the airport to hire an independent engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive study of the plant and its operation. The study, which must be completed by Oct. 1, 2010, would point out any problems with the operation of the plant. [FAY OBSERVER: AIRPORT SLUDGE]

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Published on Oct-1-07


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