Tennessee Riverkeeper alleges sewage treatment plant is unlawfully discharging pollutants

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 9, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit corporation alleges a sewage treatment plant in Tennessee is illegally discharging pollutants.

Tennessee Riverkeeper Inc. filed a complaint on Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Southern Division against Hamilton County Wastewater Treatment Authority citing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the Clean Water Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant is illegally discharging pollutants from its Signal Mountain Sewage Treatment Plant in Signal Mountain, Tennessee and is violating its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

The plaintiff holds Hamilton County Wastewater Treatment Authority responsible because the alleged discharges have purportedly had an adverse impact on the Tennessee River and on the recreational and environmental interests of the plaintiff's members.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for declaratory and injunctive relief, award of litigation costs, attorney’s fees and expert fees, and further or more general relief as the court may deem appropriate. It is represented by Elizabeth A. Alexander of Alexander Law in Nashville, Tennessee and Mark E. Martin in Oneonta, Alabama.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Southern Division case number 1:18-cv-254

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