Waste director charged after sewage spill in river
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Chattanooga's director of waste resources was charged with pollution of water after an August spill that dumped more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Tennessee River.
Jerry Stewart was given a suspended misdemeanor jail sentence, probation and a fine by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency after their investigation into the spill that killed fish and fouled water at the Browns Ferry Marina.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the spill occurred when a lightning strike idled a pump that carries sewage into a treatment plan. The sewage ran downhill into the marina for 12 to 14 hours.
TWRA officer Bobby Brown said he cited Stewart because it wasn't the first spill from the plant in 2010. He must also pay $2,500 and was ordered to work 11 months and 29 days in the county workhouse.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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