Chattanooga must pay a $476,400 civil penalty, on top of making $250 million in improvements to its sewer system and implementing an $800,000 green infrastructure plan and stream restoration project in the next 15 years.
The agreement, totaling about 251.3 million, will accelerate city fixes on a sewer system that has dumped more than 354 million gallons of raw sewage into the Tennessee River since 2005, according to court documents.
The settlement was announced today by the city, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, Tennessee and the Tennessee Clean Water Network.
See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...