Sewer bills increased because of the EPA mandate and the city officials at the time negotiated the best deal possible and had the guts to start solving the problem.
At that time Jeff could have fought the federal government for more years, spent more money on attorneys and consultants, could have been assessed more fines and could have wasted more time kicking the overflow "can" down the road to future administrations as previous politicians did but the city officials at the time negotiated the best deal possible and decided to started solving the problem.
If Jeff had held out longer there would be have been more fees and fines to pay and no approved plan. Could the city have negotiated a better deal? I guess we'll never know but we do know what has happened to some other cities that did not agree to an EPA mandate.
Big winner in Unalaska's EPA wastewater tussle? Lawyers.
The city of Unalaska paid more than a half-million dollars in legal fees fighting the federal lawsuit requiring the construction of a new sewage treatment plant, water treatment plant and the towering new leachate tank on Summers Bay Road adjacent to the landfill.
The city released the legal expenditures last week in response to a written request from the Bristol Bay Times – Dutch Harbor Fisherman, under the terms of the Alaska Public Records Act.
The city paid two law firms a total of $525,000. The city’s regular Anchorage law firm, Brooks, Chandler, Falconer, earned $133,923.
The larger amount went to the Washington, D.C., firm of Beveridge and Diamond, at $392,03...
The city instead paid a fine of $340,000 for multiple violations of the federal Clean Water Act, under the terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The consent decree, which avoids a trial, requires the city to spend tens of millions of dollars on new water and sewer facilities, and will require a steep increase in utility rates paid by property owners.
Evansville is another example of what happens when you delay and fight the EPA. Evansville has spent millions on attorneys, engineers, and consultants fighting the EPA. Years pass, money spent and no improvements done and with the EPA requiring a 20 year plan to correct their flooding and sewer overflow problem Evansville finally submitted a 28 year plan that raised the sewer rates from an average of about $33 a month in 2013 to about $55 a month in 2016.
The EPA rejected the plan and now Evansville has more lawyers, engineers, and money wasted and no agreed to plan. In the mean time Evansville sewer has implemented their "unapproved plan" including the large rate increases. The EPA continues to push...
Jun 3, 2013
Evansville Water and Sewer Utility submits final sewer overflow control plan to EPA Mandated sewer improvement plan now awaits federal feedback and approval
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On Friday, May 31, 2013, the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) submitted the City of Evansville’s comprehensive, federally mandated integrated overflow control plan (IOCP) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
EPA disapproves Evansville's proposed sewer overflow control plan | PDFs
4:00 PM, Jun 20, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected Evansville's proposed $540 million plan to upgrade its sewer overflow control plan citing technical issues with the design and suggesting the plan was too low cost, the city announced Friday.
Evansville residents will soon be receiving their utility bills in the mail, but they will notice a new charge on the statement that could be a steep increase.
Officials have been talking about the water and sewer rate hikes for a long time and they are finally here. Customers are billed for water, sewer, trash and now there's a line that says mandate. That is the fee customers are being charged that now goes toward upgrading our current sewer systems.
Edited by Councilman 2, 21 April 2015 - 10:05 PM.