Suspected meth manufacturing contaminates plant

Baldwin

TOXINS DETECTED AT PLANT

Whatever is flushed, that goes down the drain, or into a manhole – none of it just disappears and that’s quite a problem when toxic chemicals from the suspected manufacture of meth end up in a sewage system.

Jenny Williams, with the Baldwin County Sewage System told us, “For every one pound of meth there are six or seven pounds of waste. That includes toxic chemicals, acids, and all kinds of stuff and they have to put it somewhere so they’ll dump it down the drains of directly into the sewer system.”

Chemicals like brake fluid, drain cleaner, and hydrochloric acid among others are used in making meth. Recently the Baldwin County Sewage System has seen high levels of similar chemicals at its Lillian plant.  Testing done shows the amount of the toxins has stayed below permit levels but they make it hard for the facility to work properly.

“It can off balance the treatment process of all of our waste water which can cause problems at our plant and problems with the waste water process,” Williams said.

CONTAINING THE CONTAMINANTS

In order to contain the chemicals the plant had to dig another settling pond. It’s an extra step they had to take to make sure the substances don’t get out into the environment.

“You’d have to be silly to not be concerned.”

Ralph Ward lives across from the sewage plant. He retired to the area to fish and hopes chemicals like these don’t get into the environment.

“If it got down in that bayou, it would go right down into the bay,” Ward said.

Baldwin County Sewage doesn’t want that to happen. They’re offering a $500 reward to hopefully stop the contamination. You can contact them at (251) 971-3022.

This is not the first time chemical dumping has been a concern at the Lillian plant. Officials say this at least the third time high levels of contaminants have been detected.

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