City of Ironton Clean Water Act Settlement
On March 17, 2009, the United States District Court entered the Consent Decree that resolves the federal government's claims under the Clean Water Act. The Consent Decree requires the City of Ironton to pay a total civil penalty of $98,000, divided equally between the United States and the State of Ohio. The City has also agreed to separate its combined storm water and sanitary sewers by the end of 2026. While constructing the separate sewer system, the City will continue to implement the Nine Minimum Controls in the remaining combined sewer areas. The City will also implement a plan to reduce infiltration and inflow of clear water into the City's sanitary sewers.
The City of Ironton is located along the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. Its combined storm and sanitary sewer system, portions of which are over 100 years old, routinely overflows following rain events into the Ohio River in violation of its permit and the Clean Water Act. The civil penalty is consistent with the approved bottom-line settlement amount derived in accordance with the National Municipal Litigation Consideration in EPA's Clean Water Act Settlement Penalty Policy. Separation of the combined sewer system will ultimately remove more than 1.3 million gallons per year of combined sewage discharges from eight CSO locations to the Ohio River. The City is expected to spend approximately $12.5 million in 2008 dollars in order to meet its obligations under the Consent Decree.
For additional information, contacts:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2243A)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460-0001