The City of Jackson, Mississippi, the state of Mississippi and the United States have filed a consent decree in federal court resolving the governments’ allegations that the city’s sewer operations are inadequate. United States v. City of Jackson, No. 12-790 TSL-MTP (S.D. Miss. lodged 11/20/12).
The inadequacies involved alleged sanitary sewer overflows and resulting discharges of wastewater without required primary or secondary treatment. The agreement calls for the city to undertake a multiphase program to (i) evaluate and rehabilitate its wastewater collection and transmission system; (ii) conduct a diagnostic evaluation and rehabilitation of the capacity and operation of its Savanna Street wastewater treatment plant; (iii) develop a capacity, operations and maintenance program; (iv) conduct water quality monitoring; and (v) implement a new wastewater treatment plant operation and maintenance program. The city will also pay a civil penalty of $437,916, split between the federal and state governments. The city further agrees to undertake a supplemental environmental project to reduce extraneous flows entering its system, estimated to cost $875,000. The consent decree is subject to public comment and court approval.