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Sewer System Improvements

Washington, DC: (Oct-28-07) The US Justice Department, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tennessee Attorney General's Office, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) brought charges against the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro), alleging that the counties had violations when it came to its sewer systems. The charges alleged that Metro needed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and to control overflows of combined sewage and storm water. An investigation revealed that each year Metro has been unlawfully discharging over 200 million gallons of untreated sewage and experiencing overflows of billions of gallons of combined sewage into the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

As part of a settlement reached, Metro has agreed to make the necessary improvements at a cost of between $300 million and $400 million. In addition to the required corrective action plans, the consent decree also required Metro to pay a civil penalty and perform Supplemental Environmental Projects. The United States will be paid a civil penalty in the amount of $282,019. Tennessee will receive a total of $282,019 and has agreed to use this money to fund the Cumberland River Compact. Finally, Metro will also perform two supplemental environmental projects or SEPs at a cost of $2.8 million to extend sewer service to areas currently served only by septic systems, some of which are defective and have negatively affected water quality. [WEBWIRE: SEWER VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Oct-29-07


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