The small town of Hunters Hollow in Bullitt County has a huge problem: Millions of gallons of untreated sewage have been pouring into its freshwater creek every week since an explosion ripped through the local sewage treatment plant early last year.
Yet no one will assume responsibility for fixing the mess.
The Hunters Hollow treatment plant belongs to the Cogan family -- a group of wealthy, well-known Louisville developers – and it’s been found to be in violation of numerous regulations since at least 2009. $155,000 in fines that had been levied against the Cogans were forgiven late last year so they could instead put that money toward making the repairs necessary to clean up their latest mess.
But so far – nothing.
Meanwhile, Bullitt County officials are insisting it’s not up to them to do anything, while the state has failed to force the Cogans to act.
And get this: Hunters Hollow residents are still being billed for sewage treatment service they’re not receiving, while the Cogans are insisting they can’t possibly pay to repair anything unless their customers’ bills are raised by 120%!
The Cogans may prefer to pose as blameless victims rather than environmental rapists, but that shouldn’t fly. So why won’t someone in government do their job and hold them responsible for the damage they continue to inflict on the residents of Hunters Hollow?
If you have answers, call and share them.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.