The Clean Water Act empowers citizens to enforce certain sections of the law using citizen suits to enter litigation with a polluter on behalf of the government. This is particularly useful given the inability of our government agencies to adequately address all violators of the Clean Water Act. When we find a polluter violating the law, we seek to address it. If the polluter is unwilling to work with us, we are willing to use legal action as a last resort to bring about compliance with laws meant to protect citizens and the environment. Below is a listing of formal legal filings by Coosa Riverkeeper, Inc. More commonly than legal actions, we submit comment letters to government agencies indicating our positions on a variety of issues.
Childersburg Bailey Branch Lagoon – 60 Day Notice of Intent to Sue filed on November 6, 2013
Coosa Riverkeeper alleged 1,844 violations of the Clean Water Act. This facility discharges to Lay Lake of the Coosa River.
Complaint filed by Alabama Attorney General and Alabama Department of Environmental Management against the Childersburg Water Works, Sewer and Gas Board. On December 30, 2013, the State of Alabama filed legal action in the Circuit Court of Talladega County against Childersburg Water Works, Sewer & Gas Board for the violations alleged in Coosa Riverkeeper’s 60 Day Notice of Intent to Sue. The case has not yet been settled. This complaint preempts Coosa Riverkeeper from filing a lawsuit.
Cheaha State Park Waste Water Treatment Plant – 60 Day Notice of Intent to Sue filed on August 9, 2012
Coosa Riverkeeper alleged 3,720 violations of the Clean Water Act in this legal filing. This facility is located at the Cheaha State Park and discharges to Hillabee Creek, a tributary of Choccolocco Creek. More information about this issue can be found in our Summer 2012 Newsletter.
Joint Modified Consent Decree filed by Alabama Attorney General against ADCNR on October 12, 2012. This action taken by the Attorney General and Alabama Department of Environmental Management resulted in a $20,000 fine to Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and required them to take steps to reach compliance by the summer of 2013. It also preempted Coosa Riverkeeper from filing a lawsuit.