Agreement Over St. Louis Sewers Will Cost Billions
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has agreed to spend $4.7 billion over the next two decades to settle a
lawsuit over its handling of sewage.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental group and the state of Missouri could more than double sewer bills for customers in St. Louis and most of St. Louis County.
The lawsuit alleged that the sewer district violated federal law by allowing untreated sewage to end up on the ground and in
waterways. The EPA and the Coalition for the Environment have agreed to the settlement. However, the state of Missouri has not signed the consent decree, saying it still had issues with the sewer district.
The sewer district will consider formal approval next week.