For the second time in three years, Auburn’s city government has been found in violation of the state prohibition against open dumping.
The previous violation in February 2007 was for burying materials at the site of the future Sixth Street Park. The new violation in February 2010 was primarily for piling at the same site truckloads of concrete and asphalt from the demolition of city streets for the installation of sewer lines in the downtown district.
The director of the Northeast District office of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on Feb. 10 sent Mayor Linda Blechinger a letter informing her of a “Notice of Violation” for “Open Dumping.”
The letter from Donald H. McCarty Jr. states that on Feb. 8 an environmental specialist from his office visited the site and validated a complaint from an anonymous source.
A large pile of demolished asphalt is mixed with dirt in this December photograph. The pile is adjacent to sections of concrete pipe that were not used in the city’s downtown sewer construction project. Photo by Susan Norman
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