- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - State authorities are proposing to fine the city of St. Petersburg nearly a million dollars due to spills from its aging sewage system.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/2h5zJkY ) that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection plans to fine the city $820,000.

Since August 2015 about 200 million gallons of sewage have been released into area bays and waterways.

St. Petersburg could avoid paying the fine if it implements a pollution prevention project, either by reducing pollution or conserving the amount of waste it generates.

State authorities have also called on city officials to dig injection wells to treat wastewater underground, make improvements to increase capacity at an existing sewage plant and repair leaky pipes.

Information from the Tampa Bay Times: https://www.tampabay.com

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