NCDENR and Burlington Sewage Spill

Now it seems that it is OK for millions of gallons of raw sewage to spill into NC rivers without any public notification.

Reports are that some 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage from Burlington's treatment plant spilled into the Haw River on Monday night. State law requires that media outlets in the affected area are required to report the spill within 48 hours.

However, NCDENR supervisor Corey Basinger "felt that it was important to make sure that the public press release accurately represented the amount of untreated waste that entered the river and so, especially under these adverse conditions, allowed the city some extra time to make sure of the report's accuracy. Instead of the report coming out Wednesday night, it was released some time on Thursday."

The state law governing the notification does not provide for any exceptions.

Haw River provides drinking water for Pittsboro, and flows into Lake Jordan, which provides drinking water for Cary and Apex.


Somebody violated statute

And the statute doesn't say you have to know the exact amount of the spill before reporting, only that it's more than 1,000 gallons. They knew that before they even called DENR.

Frankly, waiting 48 hours to notify the public seems already extremely negligent, as does DENR not sending a representative to the site until three days later.

It's Skvarla

He's lurking in the shadows looking to make a buck on this spill. Free market!

I wonder

if NC DENR supervisor Corey Basinger would think it was OK to wait a few days to let his family know if a nuke plant melted down in his neighborhood.

This reinforces the anti-environment attitude that seems to prevail at McCrony's DENR.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014