- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - The city of Mishawaka has agreed to make about $132 million in improvements to its combined sewer system under an agreement with the U.S. attorney and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into the St. Joseph River.

U.S. Attorney David Capp said the improvements under the consent decree announced Wednesday will provide major public health and environmental benefits. The city adjacent to South Bend has been discharging about 111 million gallons of raw sewage per year into the river.

The settlement also requires Mishawaka to pay a civil penalty of $28,000.

The cities of Elkhart and South Bend had previously reached similar settlements. Elkhart agreed to make $156 million in improvements, while South Bend agreed to $510 million in upgrades.

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