CL&W will not face penalties for overflows

The Associated PressJuly 14, 2014 

— The Environmental Protection Agency won't fine Columbus Light and Water for sanitary sewage overflows.

The EPA conducted a compliance evaluation and inspection of the city's sewer system and wastewater treatment plant in April.

The Commercial Dispatch reports ( that while the EPA won't fine the utility, it will monitor the city's progress in developing and implementing management, operations and maintenance procedures and rehabilitation of the sewer system over the next two years.

CL&W General Manager Todd Gale says EPA will provide the utility with written recommendations, which the utility will use to finalize its master plan regarding its sewer system going forward.

Last fall, Gale said the utility self-reported 17 overflows from 2008 to September 2013. He said the overflows involved 9.2 million gallons of untreated sewage.

Gale said all overflows were corrected at the onset of each incident.

"It's just following best management practices," Gale said. "Over the course of the last eight to 10 years, the utility has always been good, if there is a spill, to go out and do whatever we can to correct it immediately.

"That's what they want to see, but they also want to see that you're being proactive as far as reinvesting in your system, by updating it and keeping it current."

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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