A Knoxville-based environmental group has sued Chattanooga for violating state and federal water regulations by spilling more than 310 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Tennessee River over 4 1/2 years.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Tennessee Clean Water Network, alleges that the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant and its combined sewer system had 489 sanitary sewer overflows between January 2006 and June 2010.
In addition to polluting the river, the overflows also released nearly 35 million gallons of raw sewage into nearby creeks, roads, businesses and private residences, according to the lawsuit.
“We are confident that we can work with the City to achieve a solution that will clean up these sewer overflows. We have worked well with other cities on similar issues and are looking forward to assisting the City in any way we can,” TCWN’s Executive Director Renee Hoyos, in a prepared statement.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...