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Alabama Attorney General files lawsuit against Fairhope over sewage spills

(WPMI FILE) Alabama Attorney General files lawsuit against Fairhope over sewage spills
(WPMI FILE){ }Alabama Attorney General files lawsuit against Fairhope over sewage spills

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a lawsuit against the City of Fairhope alleging multiple violations of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act.

The suit alleges that since 2015, more than 2 million gallons of sewage have been spilled by the city. Each violation carries a fine of $25,000.

The suit also claims that in many of the 100 instances dating back to 2015 listed in the suit, the city failed to file a completed Sanitary Sewer Overflow report, or report the spill to the public, as required by law.

The City of Fairhope operates its own wastewater treatment plant.

The suits seeks an order for Fairhope to take action to prevent further spills and a civil penalty to be paid.

In November, Daphne Utilities settled a similar suit with the State for $113,000.

Daphne Utilities would also agree to submit an engineering report within 60 days that outlines, among other items, “all deficiencies and proposed or completed corrective actions relevant to the violations described in the complaint.”