Friday, November 19, 2004

Feds sue water facility over years of sewage violations - wjla-TV News

Fed is doing their jobs on the enforcement...

Feds sue water facility over years of sewage violations

LAUREL, MD � The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is being sued by the federal government for failing to control its sewer overflows, according to a Nov. 19 Associated Press (AP) news report on WJLA-TV.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is claming that WSSC is allowing raw sewage to flow into area waterways causing a substantial risk to human health, the report said.

The news station reported that the WSSC provides drinking water and sewage service to about 1.6 million people in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

State records indicate nearly 450 such incidents occurred over a 42-month period ending last July. The overflows allow millions of gallons of raw sewage to drain into the Anacostia and Patuxent rivers, ultimately increasing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, the story said.


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