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Fayette County residents question waste being dumped near homes

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Starrs Mill pond is a popular attraction in Fayette County, but just upstream residents are complaining about a not so pretty sight.

"If they're dumping materials in the raw ground out here, it has got to sink to the bottom," nearby store owner Scotty St. John said.

Scotty St. John owns the BP station in the area. He said septic trucks have been dumping some type of waste in an open field off State Route 85 for about a month.

"Who's going to pay if we get contaminated water in our wells? That's my biggest concern with it coming out of Peachtree City, and being dumped over in the south side of Fayette County," St. John said.

The disposal site is property of Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority, and is located next to the 4-H gun range.

Jordan Sommers lives across the street from the site and said no one in the area has a clue what's being dumped on the property.

"They've been coming at least every other day doing something or another in big tanks, and trucks and backhoes and making a lot of noise," Sommers said.

In search of an explanation, CBS Atlanta News contacted the city, the county and even the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. We've learned sludge is being dumped on the property, not sewage. Fayette County officials are cleaning the sludge out of their drinking water retention ponds after customers complained about stinky water that tasted poorly.

"If they're not that concerned about it why didn't they dump it somewhere in Peachtree City versus the south side of Fayette County?" St. John asked.

CBS Atlanta News was informed by the EPD that the dumping site is legal. EPD officials tested the sludge, and said it's safe. They also said the drinking water will not be impacted.

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