ATHENS ”” “I’ve been their sewer for 20-something years.”?

That’s how nursery owner Bill Strain described alleged contamination by his business neighbor, the Limestone County Farmers Cooperative.

He believes the co-op’s handling of chemicals has been causing contamination since it began operation.

Both businesses are on U.S. 31 south of U.S. 72 and are one-half mile apart.

Strain, once a customer of the co-op, said it took him about five years and $2 million in plant losses before he put the blame on the co-op. He has filed a lawsuit that states the co-op does not follow industry standards for cleaning its spray tanks and other equipment. […]