- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Metropolitan Sewer District quietly paid a $228,000 fine earlier this year for illegal sewage discharges as part of its ongoing program to curb overflows into local waterways.

Jeff Cummins, director of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Enforcement, says the enforcement action covered 389 violations totaling 3.6 million gallons of spills, discharges or overflows.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1NcHHip ) reports that half of the fine in February went to the state of Kentucky and the other half went to the U.S. government. The Louisville newspaper says it learned of the penalty on Friday, after filing an open records request.

The penalty is the latest in a string of enforcement actions under a 2005 legal agreement that was updated in 2009 and runs for 19 years.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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