- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A settlement appears likely between Dothan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act.

The Dothan Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1wSW8Bc ) the City Commission is expected to approve Tuesday a $264,000 settlement with the EPA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The newspaper reports the city could have been responsible for millions of dollars in fines and penalties after the two agencies determined it had failed to maintain an adequate sewer system preventing or minimizing pollutants from being discharged to the public.

Mayor Mike Schmitz tells the newspaper said that while no city wants to pay a civil penalty, the settlement comes as a relief.

Schmitz says the city anticipated the possibility of civil fines and penalties and set aside funds in the city budget.


Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com

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