- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

HUNTERS HOLLOW, Ky. (AP) - Operators of a failed sewage plant in Bullitt County say temporary holding and processing tanks could be handling all the plant’s wastewater by late Thursday.

Sanitation District Director Jerry Kennedy tells WAVE-TV (http://bit.ly/PoGlbC ) he estimates the plant has spilled more than 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage onto the ground and into a nearby stream since the Saturday failure.

But Department of Environment officials are concerned the temporary tanks might not be able to handle the all the wastewater coming into them when it rains, which it is forecast to do over the weekend.

So far, they are continuing to ask the 600 Hunters Hollow customers served by the plant to conserve water.

Meanwhile, Division of Water spokesman Dick Brown says the plant has received seven notices of violation since October 2009.

In an email to the station, he said the plant operators consistently failed to report system overflows. They also were cited for improper operations and maintenance, and degradation of the waters of the Commonwealth.

Officials said it was unclear how soon a permanent fix could be in place. Bullitt County Sanitation District Director Kennedy said he was unsure whether the failed plant should be abandoned and a new one built.

The sanitation district had been in negotiations to buy the Hunters Hollow facility from Bullitt Utilities, its private owner-operator.

“But as of January, we rejected their last offer to purchase it,” Kennedy said. “Or this could have been my mess.”

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Information from: WAVE-TV, http://www.wave3.com