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Sat Jul 22, 2017, 09:21 AM

What's the penalty for killing a creek? In Alabama, $32,000

(Beware the Alabamafication of America!)

Source: al.com, by Dennis Pillion

On September 7, 2016 an inspector with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management found something was wrong with Buck Creek, a tributary of the Cahaba River near Alabaster.

The inspector was following up on a citizen complaint about pollution of the creek near Carmeuse Lime and Stone's Longview facility in Saginaw, just off U.S. Highway 31, and found a murky white creek with water that looked like Milk of Magnesia and had a pH around the same level.

There was aquatic life observed upstream of the Carmeuse facility, the inspector noted. Downstream there was none. 

The total fine to Carmeuse -- for removing all observable living things from a section of the creek and raising the pH of the creek water to levels comparable to household cleaning products -- was $32,000.

Read it all at:   http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/07/buck_creek_pollution.html#incart_river_home

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