EPA insists Jackson stop sending raw sewage into Pearl RIver, address aging infrastructure

The city of Jackson diverted more than 2.8 billion gallons of sewage from its primary treatment plant over the last four years, sending untold amounts of mostly untreated sewage into the Pearl River or one of its tributaries.

The bypassed sewage is enough to fill 4,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools or four NFL stadiums.

Despite costly fines, the practice has become so common that every time it rains — no matter how much — there’s a risk the city will divert sewage to local waterways in violation of federal environmental laws.

Clarion Ledger
10/6/12