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Portland Settles with EPA over Discharges
03/20/2013 04:31 PM ET  

The city says the discharges were caused by a combination of mechanical failures, blockages and sewer line collapses from aging infrastructure.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Maine city of Portland says it has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over concerns about its sewer and stormwater discharges between 2007 and 2009.

The city says the settlement reduces the potential penalty from more than $177,000 to about $53,000.

The city says the discharges were caused by a combination of mechanical failures, blockages and sewer line collapses from aging infrastructure.

City Manager Mark Rees said Wednesday that while the city is pleased to have the matter settled it still faces challenges managing parts of the Clean Water Act.

The city also has committed to make investments of about $45,000 to mitigate erosion caused by stormwater runoff along the banks of Dole Brook.


 

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