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Dothan to pay over $200K for Clean Water Act violations

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ATLANTA, GA. (WSFA) -

The City of Dothan will be paying a penalty of over $200,000, after reaching a settlement on Tuesday.

The settlement states that Dothan will have to pay a $264,000 civil penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act.

The settlement was reached between the City of Dothan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the State of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

According to the settlement, the violations included unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage and other permit violations.

In order to comply with the CWA, Dothan had previously agreed to undergo improvements to its wastewater treatment and collection system as part of a separate EPA administrative enforcement action.

"Bringing systems like Dothan's into compliance is one of EPA's top enforcement priorities," said EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney. "This settlement sends a strong message to other municipalities across the Southeast to correct sewer overflows and protect residents from exposure to raw sewage and other contamination."

The settlement resolves Dothan's liability for numerous sanitary sewer overflows and violations of it National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits as a result of its failure to properly operate and maintain its wastewater treatment plants and wastewater collection system.

A majority of Dothan's sanitary sewer overflows have discharged into Beaver and Cypress Creeks, both of which are on Alabama's list of impaired waters.

The joint settlement was lodged on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and is awaiting final court approval.

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