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Florida cracking down on sewage spills

Florida lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that will put stricter laws into place for sewage spills
Posted: 6:05 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 22:05:14Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that will put stricter laws into place for sewage spills.

Many Tallahassee residents say they've experienced these raw sewage spills in the Killearn neighborhood.

Terry Ryan says even though the number of spills is down in recent years, they happen in a high-volume and these spills travel a long way across rivers, lakes, and springs. Ryan says the Centerville Road area often sees sewage run-off in their local waterways.

"And this one had two spills in that last nine months. The largest one was in September of over one hundred thousand gallons. And it flowed from the pumping station into an adjacent storm water creek," said Ryan.

Ryan says he wants the city to be more transparent that's why he thinks the proposed state bill would be a good thing.

It would require customers to be notified when there is a spill into waterways and would increase fines for the waste water facilities in charge of these spills.