Medical waste found in Willowcrest creek

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Donna West was shocked and nauseated when she saw medical waste bags and tubing wrapped around wood debris in the creek behind her house in Willowcrest subdivision Sunday evening.

She knew neighborhood children frequently played in the creek. She couldn't tell if needles were attached to "what appeared to be IV bags," but she knew she didn't want to touch any of it.

Her feelings turned to frustration Monday morning when she couldn't find anybody to come to her residence to investigate and take away the medical waste.

West first called the Franklin County Health Department Monday and was told she would have to call the state Division of Water.

"The woman I talked to at the health department said they didn't do that," West said. "I didn't get the woman's name. Then I called the Division of Water and was transferred twice there. I finally talked to a man who said I would need to talk to someone else, who wasn't in at the time. He took my number and it's possible somebody tried to call me back and I wasn't by the phone."

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, after being notified by The State Journal about the medical waste in the creek, Sam Lofton, environmental control supervisor for the state Division of Waste Management, quickly responded and removed four bags of medical waste.

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