U.S. blames Ohio city for sewage in lake
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.