Riverkeeper threatens suit over Thomasville spills

By Nash Dunn in The Lexington Dispatch

North Carolina-based conservation groups are threatening to file suit against the City of Thomasville for recurring wastewater overflows from the city's outfall lines and pump stations.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, acting on behalf of the Yadkin Riverkeeper, sent a notice to city leaders Friday for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act by discharging untreated sewage into the waterways in the Yadkin River Basin. The law center intends to file suit at the end of a 60-day period, unless the violations are addressed, according to the notice.

The notice comes after law center officials scoured through the city's public records in recent months. The notice also came on the same day the city reported that more than 1.39 million gallons of untreated wastewater had spilled from the East Davidson Pump Station because of heavy rains and infiltration and inflow in the city's system.

Thomasville's aging wastewater system has been the root of more than 100 sanitary sewer overflows in recent years.

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