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UPDATE: Louisville owners want to abandon leaking Bullitt County sewage site

Posted: Updated: Aug 24, 2015 11:00 PM
A group of Louisville investors now wants to surrender the large, faulty sewage treatment facility in Bullitt County, which has been spewing untreated sewer water since March of 2014. A group of Louisville investors now wants to surrender the large, faulty sewage treatment facility in Bullitt County, which has been spewing untreated sewer water since March of 2014.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Days after a WDRB investigation exposed raw waste dumped into public waters the Kentucky Utility company responsible files documents to abandon the site. 

The attorney for Bullitt Utilities filed a notice with the state public service commission to surrender the Hunters Hollow waste water treatment site effective Sept. 1. The PSC has denied the request and rushed a hearing onto the docket for Thursday, Aug. 27. 

Hunters Hollow's sewage treatment plant collapsed in March of 2014. Despite some temporary efforts, raw, sewage waste from 700 homes has leaked into a small creek for more than 500 days. This untreated sewer water flows to Brooks run Creek and ultimately the salt river. 

Carroll Cogan owns Hunters Hollow but has turned over power of attorney to his son, Chris Cogan, who lives in Florida. Bullitt Utilities pays Covered Bridge Utilities, to operate the Hunters Hollow waste water treatment plant. According  the Secretary of State records, another son of Cogan's Martin Cogan, started Covered Bridge Utilities. 

Representatives for the developer said they can't afford to fix Hunters Hollow problem and that Bullitt Utilities has spent more than $3 million since the blast. 

Despite the PSC denying the company's effort to surrender Thursday's hearing could produce a feasible exit strategy. 

A spokesperson from the PSC said the site could go into receivership, but the Public Service Commission could also hold Bullitt Utilities to the fire and force the owners to clean up the mess. 

INVESTIGATION | Toxic sewage pours into Bullitt County water for more than a year

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