Concerns about Dothan's grease ordinance

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — There is concern about enforcing Dothan’s FOG ordinance.

FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease.

Restaurants had until July to install an appropriate grease disposal system.

At Tuesday's commission meeting, they discussed whether or not all restaurants had done so.

The Environmental Protection Agency is making the city enforce the ordinance, and if restaurant owners don’t comply, they could end up in city court.

Dothan Planning Director Todd McDonald says, "Fats, oils, and grease that get into the sewer system is one of the main causes of sanitary sewer overflow so the EPA said you need to fix this. But they also said you can't just have an ordinance, you just need to show us how you are enforcing it and that’s what we were talking about today."

Restaurant owners that need more information on what to do about getting a proper grease disposal system, should contact the Dothan planning commission.