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12,000 gallons of raw sewage pumped into Lebanon creek

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Officials say the owner of a Lebanon apartment building intentionally pumped over 12,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm sewer that leads to the Quittapahilla Creek.

It happened on the 600 block of Willow Street Thursday. The building is now condemned. A septic truck showed up to help remove some of the 3,000 gallons left in the basement of the building. Nearly 10 people were displaced.

The state Department of Environmental Protection responded and is taking a look at the effect on the creek. They say there is no public health impact and are still investigating.

The building's owner could face fines and charges. A DEP spokeswoman called it an apparent violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

Neighbors said the whole ordeal smelled as bad as it sounds.

"I thought I smelled a horrible sewage smell, and I am thinking where is that coming from?" Lebanon's Stephen Boltz said.


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