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SLUDGE VICTIMS

May 2001 update - compiled by Helane Shields - prepared for WWW by ESRA
Albany,GA

Nitrate issue goes to court

Residents are suing the City of Albany, and a sludge disposal company for contaminating their drinking water with nitrates.

Wynell Carier and 109 of her neighbors are banking on Albany native and Atlanta attorney Tommy Malone to make their water clean again. The city has hired a group of experienced land use attorneys to defend the city. The high-powered Malone has his own team of environmental lawyers.

They will try to prove that the city acted recklessly when it allowed Sani-Angri to spread too much of the sludge onto three of their disposal sites over a 10-year period. Nitrates in the sludge and chicken litter previously on the site apparently seeped into the ground water. Nitrates pose a threat to those who drink the contaminated water and has forced some to treat or used bottled water.

The "water buffalo" portable water tank has been in the community for over a year. Everyone though it would be temporary, but residents continue to see high levels of nitrates, and the tank is their only source of clean water.

Some people are taking his (sic) chances with the water, however. They just hope it's not a decision they will pay for in the long run. The case is scheduled (to) go to trial April 5th of next year.

GEORGIA - ALBANY - SLUDGE VICTIMS SUFFER NITRATE CONTANIMATED WELLS. PORTABLE WATER TANK IS ONLY SOURCE OF CLEAN WATER.

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