In a news release published today, Mobile Baykeeper claims it discovered additional water quality and reporting violations at Daphne Utilities, months after the nonprofit environmental organization filed a notice of intent to sue.
In November, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Environmental Protection Agency sued Daphne Utilities based on Baykeeper’s complaint and in November, Baykeeper filed to intervene in the suit.
Today’s announcement states “since [that] time, violations have continued and increased in severity, totaling 25 reported violations over a four-month period …. specific violations include several instances with bacteria concentrations ‘too numerous to count,’ other instances when total suspended solids (a pollutant used to assess whether treatment of sewage is adequate) exceeded permitted discharge limits by more than 100 percent.”
Baykeeper Executive Director Casi Callaway said, “it is alarming to find repeated and ongoing violations several months after filing the lawsuit. Clearly there are immediate changes needed at Daphne Utilities to protect the health of our community. We’ll keep fighting until we see those changes made.”
Daphne Utilities has repeatedly denied the accusations and cited the pending litigation in failing to elaborate. The board of Daphne Utilities, which is not affiliated with the city of Daphne, meets on the last Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at Daphne City Hall. Additional details about Baykeeper’s findings are available here.