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Hampton Roads Sanitiation Clean Water Act Settlement in the Chesapeake Bay Area

(WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 29, 2009) Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), based in Virginia Beach, Va., has agreed to pay a $900,000 civil penalty and to take corrective actions to reduce alleged sanitary sewer overflows from its collection system and nine sewage treatment plants that have polluted the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced today.

Under a settlement filed today in federal court in Norfolk, Va., HRSD is required to collect data, conduct computer modeling, and, working with the municipalities that it serves, develop a regional plan to ensure that the HRSD sewer system has adequate capacity to handle flows from severe storms and to prevent overflows of sewage. Subsequently, HRSD must implement the regional plan. Since HRSD has not identified the projects pending completion of the plan, the cost of that effort is currently unknown although it is expected to cost millions of dollars.

    For additional information:

    For additional information, contact:

    Benjamin Bahk
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Civil Enforcement
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave.
    NW Mail Code 2243A
    Washington, DC 20460
    202-564-4293
    bahk.benjamin@epa.gov

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