DeKalb Co. schools fined for environmental errors

Dekalb County schools have been fined $30,000 for draining muddy water into a Dunwoody stream and other environmental violations while building an elementary school.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division issued the fine against the school system earlier this month.

The agency says the infractions occurred during the construction of the Dunwoody-Chamblee Elementary School.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports they include letting muddy water drain into a nearby stream, sediment traps filled with mud, and hay and other debris near the waterway.

State law requires all construction debris be kept 25 feet from all waterways. DeKalb schools spokesman Dale Davis says the fine has been paid by the firms that worked on the project.

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