The Town of Mount Olive is reporting a discharge of untreated sewer from inside the Town’s wastewater treatment plant at 408 Wilkins Farm Road. The spill was discovered on Sunday, October 25, at 11:30 AM and the spill was still ongoing as of 3:30 PM. A total of 84,000 gallons was spilled.
The untreated waste entered the headwaters of the North East Cape Fear River. The spill occurred as a result of a four inch rainfall within a three to four hour period in our area.
House Bill 1160, which the General Assembly enacted in July 1999, requires those municipalities, animal operations, industries and others who operate waste handling systems issue news releases when a waste spill of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.