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Laurel View River Sewage Plant Permit Update
Issue: The Liberty County Industrial Authority (“LCIA”) seeks a permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”) to dump 1 billion gallons of wastewater annually into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound.
EPD Study: The EPD conducted a study for 4 days last August and last September to evaluate the impact dumping this wastewater may have on the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound and determined that it would not have an impact. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography previously determined that the EPD study plan was insufficient and flawed.
CEPA Action Plan: CEPA opposes the EPD granting the LCIA a permit to dump pollution into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound. It is important that the LCIA know where the public stands on this issue. As clear evidence to support CEPA’s position in opposing the issuance of this permit, the City of Hinesville’s treatment plant malfunctioned over the past two weeks leading to what the EPD called a “major spill” resulting in massive amounts of raw sewage being dumped into Peacock Creek.
The LCIA cannot afford taking on $30 million in debt to build this plant. We cannot afford to let the LCIA use St. Catherines Sound as a dumping ground for pollution.
If this permit is issued by the EPD, it will destroy St. Catherines Sound. We must take action now to prevent this from happening.
Please contact the LCIA and let them know that dumping pollution into the saltwater marshes of the Georgia Coast is not acceptable:
Ron Tolley, CEO, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Allen Brown, Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority
John McIver, Vice Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority