ATLANTA (AP) - The state has fined Atlanta's Capital City Club
$150,000 for violating clean water rules during reconstruction of a
golf course - one of the largest penalties ever under regulations
designed to keep mud and silt out of waterways.
Large quantities of mud poured off the 115-acre construction
site in the Brookhaven section last year. That led to repercussions
by city, state and federal officials.
The city fined the private club $3,000. The EPA still is
negotiating with the club.
Bert Langley, district manager for Georgia's Environmental
Protection Division, says mud in streams is worse than raw sewage
because it is avoidable and has long-term impact.