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A row of houses on Hill Creek Boulevard, pictured on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, sits next to a force main pipe that pumps sewage up toward the wastewater treatment plant in Chatham County. Briar Chapel residents are requesting neighborhood developers to reduce the odors and change the location of the wastewater treatment plant.

Briar Chapel residents fight against expansion of wastewater treatment plant

Briar Chapel, located in Chatham County just north of U.S. Highway 15-501, is a mixed-use development, with a variety of energy efficient homes connected by 24 miles of walkable greenways. Stop Chatham North Coalition is a group of Briar Chapel residents working to oppose the ownership transfer of a wastewater treatment plant and an expansion of the managing company's operations. They cite concerns over unpleasant odors, spraying outside permitted spray areas, raw sewage leaks and contamination of waterways as a result of the management by Envirolink, the company that operates the plant.