Lexington Agrees To Improvements In Sewer System

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jaun on Mar 16, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    Since I will be paying more for my waste water I am going to connect my sump pump back to my sanitary sewre line. Look out for the storm water fee, it's coming soon.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 16, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    What part of the City's neglect over the years makes this the taxpayers burden?

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