The city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, has agreed to spend $5.4 million for the repair, upgrade and expansion of its combined sewer system and pay a $17,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. United States v. City of Perth Amboy, No. 12-3404 (D.N.J. proposed consent decree lodged 6/6/12). Under the agreement, the city will reduce the amount of sewage and other pollutants that flow out of 16 combined sewer points into the Raritan and Arthur Kill rivers. The city also agreed to increase the amount of wastewater that reaches its treatment plant, and it will conduct annual inspections of all of its combined sewer system control facilities and develop and implement a combined sewer overflow pollution prevention plan. The city has already completed an inspection and engineering assessment of its sewer system, which will be used to identify issues and fix those issues identified. Under the agreement, work must be completed by December 31, 2016. The proposed consent decree is subject to public comment and court approval.
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New Jersey city agrees to settle alleged combined sewer system violations
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