NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority reached a settlement Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a spokesperson for Thomas G. Walker, United States Attorney.
The settlement stems from unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage, which violated the Federal Clean Water Act.
Under the settlement, which includes a $300,000 civil penalty, the city, county and CFPUA are required to implement new measures to ensure sewer systems are compliant with laws.
The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County transferred sewer systems to the CFPUA in 2008.
"Sewage overflows are a significant problem in the Southeast because of inadequate and aging infrastructure," said EPA Acting Regional Administrator, Stan Meiburg, in a statement. "Through this agreement, the Authority, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are taking positive steps in correcting long-standing sewage overflow problems. Ultimately, this will benefit the local community and improve water quality in the Cape Fear River watershed."
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