EPA files an expected lawsuit against Fla. county

Dec. 17, 2012

MIAMI — EPA filed the anticipated lawsuit after the county violated the Clean Water Act.

MIAMI — EPA filed the anticipated lawsuit after Miami-Dade county violated the Clean Water Act, according to a recent report from Tampa Bay Online.  

The Agency’s 30-page complaint demands the county take measures to prevent overflows of pollutants, prevent blockages and to repair deteriorating and broken sewer lines, pumps and force mains, continued the report.

EPA is also looking to collect $32,500 for each day the county violated the Clean Water Act prior to January 12, 2009, and $37,500 for each day after that date, according to the report.

The filed lawsuit was expected and is a formality from efforts by the county, EPA, state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice, which have been negotiating a new consent decree over the failings of the county’s water and sewer department since May, added the report.

Read the entire report here.

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