Update: Illegal dumping in Charlotte, February 8

City of Charlotte press release

Feb. 8, 2014 -- On Thursday, February 6, 2014, Charlotte Fire HAZMAT responded to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) reports of an unusual substance flowing into the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on US 29 North.  The flow was contained in a holding tank until it was determined that it was safe to return the plant back to service. The origination of the dumping site was traced back to a grease trap containment location behind the Food Lion grocery store located in the 6400 block of W. Sugar Creek Road.
CMUD is taking additional steps at the plant today to ensure all materials remain onsite. Yesterday afternoon it was discovered that about 1,695 gallons of partially treated wastewater from the holding basin leaked from a foundation drain, across the plant site and into the creek.
The area has since been contained and shored up. NC water quality officials were notified, Mecklenburg County water quality officials were on site at the time and additional testing is being conducted to see what effect if any this relatively small amount spilled has on the creek.

Information for the public

Water supply - Water is safe for drinking, bathing and cooking. Our water system is not at risk.
Precaution - As a precaution, officials are advising people to avoid human or animal contact with Mallard Creek and the Rocky River in Cabarrus County until more testing is completed.
Field Testing - Field testing has been ongoing on the toxic waste that went into the SEWER system.
CMUD and independent labs are testing and analyzing the amounts of trichlorobenzene and PCBs.

For the full interdepartmental report, including test results, summary report, press briefings and FAQ, click here.