Sewer District Agrees to $4.7 Billion Settlement
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal government and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District have reached an agreement requiring the nation's fourth-largest sewer district to spend nearly $5 billion over the next 23 years to make significant upgrades aimed at cutting pollution and stopping backups into homes, yards and waterways.
The agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis must still be approved by the court. It would end a lawsuit filed four years ago accusing the district of discharging untreated sewage into rivers and streams in violation of federal clean water laws.
A spokeswoman for the sewer district, Debbie Johnson, says the district will release a statement later Thursday.
The agreement also calls for the sewer district to pay a fine of $1.2 million.