Construction problem cause wastewater treatment plant collapse

Report: Construction deficiency caused Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant collapse

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GATLINBURG (WATE) - A construction deficiency is being blamed as the cause of a collapse in April at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant that killed two people.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Agency released a summary Thursday of its investigation.

It says the joint where the walls met allowed acidic wastewater to leak over the years and weaken couplers that were holding the walls together.

The report also shows original plans weren't followed by the contractor.

TOSHA said earlier it had no plans to cite the plant operator, Veolia Water North America.

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