Friday, August 03, 2007

August 3, 2007 And Another Sewage Overflow...

It looks like there has been another sewage overflow in the Roe Junction area.

A resident called to tell me that the power went out yesterday afternoon, and then the sewage started backing up onto the road again!

The workers arrived again, the vacuum hoses were pulled out again, and the sewage was sucked up and disposed of again.

An article in the Tribune last night mentions that several residents of the area have sued Koch Foods in federal court over the odor problems that have persisted since early 2005.

Although it wasn't mentioned in the article, most people would find it interesting to know that longtime County Commissioner Guy Collins is among the residents who are suing Koch.

City Administrator Jim Crumley was quoted at length in the article. He blames Koch for the sewer-related problems and for the odor that has plagued the area for 2-1/2 years.

Koch (formerly Burnett Produce) has been out of compliance with sewer regulations for years and years and years. Former County Commissioner Maudie Briggs, who has a business that is close to Koch's West Morris Boulevard location, once commented on the continuous smells coming from the Koch operation there.

The new problem with odors in the Roe Junction area began in February 2005 when Koch's deboning plant went online in the East Tennessee Progress Center. Those odors were reported to the city almost immediately by residents.

Nearly two years later (December 2006), the City issued an administrative order on the matter. Koch appealed in January 2007, but the City Council has not yet heard the matter. [A previous post has noted that the appeal may be on the Council's August 7 agenda.]

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