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The City of Kooskia, Idaho Agrees to $3,500 EPA Settlement to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations

Release Date: 08/08/2006
Contact Information: Margo Young, 206-553-1603, young.margo@epa.gov Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Kooskia, ID - August 8, 2006) - The City of Kooskia, ID, has reached a $3,500 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Clean Water Act violations related to the City’s municipal wastewater discharge.

According to the discharge monitoring reports provided by the City, the City has been exceeding both the chlorine and E.Coli bacteria effluent limits in its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The City discharges its treated wastewater to the South Fork of the Clearwater River. Between January, 2003, and October, 2005, the City accumulated roughly 2,000 violations. The chlorine and E.Coli bacteria effluent limits are water quality based effluent limits established using the State’s water quality standards for local water quality conditions.

According to EPA’s Idaho Operations Office Director, Jim Werntz, “City officials have made significant strides in addressing this discharge problem. The planned plant upgrades will achieve measurable progress improving overall water quality in the South Fork of the Clearwater River.”

For More information about EPA’s NPDES discharge program, visit:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/index.cfm

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