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[VIDEO] Chemicals Dumped in City Sewer System

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Charlotte, NC -
Charlotte city officials are warning people to stay away from Mallard Creek in North Charlotte after it was discovered that someone dumped toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing PCBs, into Mallard Creek near the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city says the incident has not threatened the drinking water for the city and that the wastewater plant is filtering out the dangerous chemicals. But, officials warned people to keep themselves and their pets away from Mallard Creek until further testing shows the water in the creek is safe. Below is the official statement from the city:

City statement on illegal dumping at Mallard Creek Wastewater Station

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department confirms an intentional illegal dumping of toxic waste (including trichlorobenzene and PCBs) into the sewer system that impacted the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on U.S. 29 North.

A problem was first detected around noon yesterday (2/6). CMUD immediately took the plant off-line and began capturing and containing the contaminated wastewater within the plant.

We have determined that the source of contamination was illegal dumping behind a grocery store near the intersection of West Sugar Creek Road and Harris Boulevard.

Based on our research and analysis there has been no risk to the public.
The plant was placed back online shortly before 5 a.m. today after determining it was safe to do so. All indications are the contamination was contained within the plant.

As a precaution we are advising people to avoid human or animal contact with Mallard Creek and the Rocky River in Cabarrus County until more testing is completed. N.C. water quality officials are aware of the situation and we also are notifying downstream authorities to share this advisory with folks along Rocky River in Cabarrus, Union and Anson counties. The public is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 704-334-1600 if you have any information that could lead to the apprehension of the person/s that did the illegal dumping.

If the public has any questions or concerns, they should contact CharMeck 311 (dial 311 direct or use 704-336-7600).
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