LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The federal government says Lexington-Fayette County officials have agreed to make improvements to the local sewer system that will cost upward of $290 million.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the improvements
are meant to eliminate overflows of untreated raw sewage and reduce
pollution in urban storm water.
The consent decree in the case was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. The decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.
The urban-county government also will pay a $425,000 fine.
Federal environmental officials say problems with Lexington's sewer system have resulted in unlawful discharges of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into streams. Those streams ultimately drain into the Kentucky and Ohio rivers.
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