U.S. blames Ohio city for sewage in lake

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CLEVE­LAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the U.S. Jus­tice De­part­ment have sued the Ohio city of Cleve­land Heights, say­ing it al­lowed raw sewage to flow into Lake Erie trib­u­taries.

Cleve­land Heights of­fi­cials are deny­ing any li­a­bil­ity re­lated to the sewage over­flow al­leged in the law­suit filed Wed­nes­day, The Plain Dealer re­ported.

The city pre­vi­ously signed a con­sent de­cree that re­quires it to take steps to up­grade its sewer sys­tem. Of­fi­cials es­ti­mate the first phase of work will cost $12 mil­lion over the next four years, and cus­tomers can ex­pect an $18.73 in­crease on their monthly sewer bills.

City Man­ager Tan­isha Bri­ley said the city is look­ing at the most cost-ef­fec­tive reme­dies.

An EPA spokesman said the agency has ju­ris­dic­tion over the city while the sewage prob­lems are be­ing ad­dressed.

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