- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Fort Smith leaders have adopted a resolution restating the city’s willingness to work with federal authorities after talks on how to remedy potential Clean Water Act violations abruptly ended last month.

The Times Record reports (https://bit.ly/ZtgxAp ) that officials adopted the resolution on Tuesday. It was passed after city leaders and residents were told that final negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice had fallen apart, and that litigation against the city was imminent.

The city has been under a federal mandate to comply with the Clean Water Act by eliminating sewer overflows and discharges into the Arkansas River during heavy rains.

Since 2006, the city has worked with federal officials toward a consent decree that would set a schedule for construction projects.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, https://www.swtimes.com/

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