Now it seems that it is OK for millions of gallons of raw sewage to spill into NC rivers without any public notification.
Reports are that some 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage from Burlington's treatment plant spilled into the Haw River on Monday night. State law requires that media outlets in the affected area are required to report the spill within 48 hours.
However, NCDENR supervisor Corey Basinger "felt that it was important to make sure that the public press release accurately represented the amount of untreated waste that entered the river and so, especially under these adverse conditions, allowed the city some extra time to make sure of the report's accuracy. Instead of the report coming out Wednesday night, it was released some time on Thursday."
The state law governing the notification does not provide for any exceptions.
Haw River provides drinking water for Pittsboro, and flows into Lake Jordan, which provides drinking water for Cary and Apex.