POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 11:14am
Kilgore, TX — A state environmental mandate gives Kilgore 315 days to put a waste-water review process in place to ensure industrial companies clean what they flush into the sewage treatment plant.
City council members agreed Tuesday to comply with a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement order to put a pretreatment oversight system in place. The order came with a $3,980 fine for failing to ensure industrial plants remove oil and grease before bringing it to the wastewater treatment plant that discharges into Rabbit Creek.
“You cannot design a municipal (wastewater) treatment plant to treat anything and everything that comes to it,” Utilities Director David said, explaining the need to have industry clean its worst waste before putting it into the city sewer system.
Hackley told council members the state agency first told Kilgore to enact such a program in 2003 but withdrew the requirement three years later.
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