Carpet cleaners caught red handed
June 8, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, TN — Carpet cleaning employees were caught dumping gallons of chemicals out of their truck and now their employer may face penalties, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
According to Hamilton County Sheriff''s Office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson, a deputy patrolling Rocky Ledge Road, spotted a foaming liquid flowing toward Falling Water Creek in Hixson.
While investigating, deputies confirmed that Servpro of North Chattanooga workers had completed a carpet cleaning job on Rocky Ledge Road and illegally were draining the truck, Atkinson said.
Tisha Calabrese-Benton, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, wasn''t able to speculate on the severity of the spill, but she said it constituted an "illicit discharge."
Dennis Allen, a production manager for Servpro locally, said a sewer line exists behind the company for the sole purpose of cleaner disposal, but workers sometimes pour used carpet cleaner chemicals into car wash drains and domestic toilets, which he said is within environmental regulations.
The employees will be given a warning for this particular incident, but a second infraction could get them fired from Servpro, Allen said.
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