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State Ordering Lyons to Cleanup Waste Water
Thursday, 08 July 2010

July 8--  The state of Georgia is giving Lyons six months to clean up the water it discharges into Swift Creek.

"We're fixing to be placed under a consent order to make sure we get back in compliance.  We've been out of compliance for a couple of three months," says Lyons City Manager Rick Hartley.

Despite efforts by the new Chicken of the Sea plant north of Lyons, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division says the wastewater being generated by the plant does not meet environmental standards.

"Really it's kind of a court order telling us that we've got to do this and we've got 180 days to get it taken care of," he says.

Hartley says both Chicken of the Sea and the city have to do more to satisfy EPD. 

"Chicken of the Sea has made remarkable progress already with their oil-water separator getting the fats down.  I think with a little effort I think they can get their wastewater levels down to where it would be permittable to ship it back to the city and we would have to clean it up in order to get it discharged into the creek." Hartley says.

The city manager estimates it will cost up to $40,000 to get the city's wastewater plant serving the north part of town cleaned up.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Moore told the city council Tuesday night the city needs a new sewage treatment plant to increase capacity for potential growth at the U.S. One North Industrial Park.

Hartley estimates it could cost up to $8 million.  "We're close to what we can handle at that plant, and we don't want to handicap the park by putting restraints on what we can treat as far as wastewater," he notes.

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