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Wastewater Bacteria

Boise, ID: (Jan-03-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against the city of Ashton, alleging that it violated the federal Clean Water Act. The suit stemmed from violations that were reported between 2002 and 2006 at the eastern Idaho city's wastewater treatment plant. Records show that the city owns and operates the facility, which discharges treated water into an unnamed stream that flows into Spring Creek and is part of the Henry's Fork watershed. The EPA lawsuit alleged that the treatment plant had numerous violations for discharge, including levels for fecal coliform bacteria, E. coil and suspended solids that exceeded federal limits. As part of a settlement reached, the city agreed to pay the EPA $10,000 to resolve allegations. Ashton's facility treats residential and commercial wastewater and serves a community of about 1,100 people. [THE OLYMPIAN: WASTERWATER BACTERIA]

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Published on Jan-5-08


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