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Update: DEC gives public works 48 hours to clean up waste


dani palmer / Petersburg Pilot

Sludge from the Petersburg Borough Wastewater Utility slides down a hill leading to a creek at the borough's landfill. The Department of Environmental Conservation has been notified.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Water has issued a nuisance abatement order giving the Petersburg Borough Public Works Department 48 hours to clean up a spillage of waste.

The Wastewater Utility transports and buries piles of solid waste at the borough’s landfill. This week, while digging a hole with an excavator, Public Works Director Karl Hagerman said, sludge sitting to the side to be buried slid down a hill to a creek that runs to the Sandy Beach Park area.

From the top of the slope to the creek is 60 to 75 cubic yards of sludge mixed with a hydra...

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