The operator of Augusta's troubled Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant is investigating a series of ``operational upsets'' that caused poorly treated sewage to enter Butler Creek and the Savannah River.
State regulators will investigate and audit Augusta's Messerly Wastewater Plant in light of allegations that toxic sewage sludge has contaminated farmland and killed cattle. "We envision a pretty large-scale audit," said Jeff Larson, Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement manager for Georgia's Environmental Protection Division. The city of Augusta is facing two lawsuits claiming sewage sludge spread onto agricultural fields as fertilizer contains excessive metals and other toxic chemicals.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Augusta's leftover sewage sludge has no place in Jefferson County, residents told state regulators Monday night.