Richardson School District faces violation for polluting creek
June 23, 2010
DALLAS — After a four-day investigation, the City of Dallas discovered a custodian at a local middle school is apparently responsible for the disgusting odor and cloudy appearance of the Dixon Branch of White Rock Lake, according to WFFA-TV.
The City of Dallas issued a formal "Notice of Violation" to the Richardson Independent School District for the illegal dumping of water, floor wax and floor stripper chemicals into a storm drain on campus, the article noted.
A city official going manhole-to-manhole and looking for possible construction site dumpers observed the custodian and snapped a photo of the culprit as he pushed a mop bucket and carried a hose back toward the school building, the article stated.
Richardson ISD told WFFA-TV the custodians have been cleaning the floors at Lake Highlands Junior High since June 7.
Upon being notified of the illegal dumping, the district immediately suspended that work and launched an internal investigation to discover how widespread the practice is, the article added.
"If we''re responsible for any kind of mess in the neighborhood or any kind of contamination to a creek bed or anything else, we want to do the right thing and be part of the solution," said district spokesman Tim Clark.
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