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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 2010

Federal Court enters consent decree approving

City’s sewer Overflow Control Plan

On Sept. 27, the Federal Court approved the consent decree that the City of Kansas City, Mo. negotiated with the federal and state governments concerning sewer overflows. The Court’s order caps a multi-year effort by the City to obtain approval on the most effective plan to control sewer overflows.

“This is a significant step toward addressing one of the City’s most pressing infrastructure needs,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “The City has neglected its infrastructure for decades, and I’m proud of this City Council and City staff for meeting this challenge on behalf of our residents.”

Under the consent decree, the City becomes the first municipality in the nation to receive 25 years from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice to implement a sewer overflow control plan. The City will also pay $600,000 in the next 30 days as a civil penalty and spend $1.6 million over the next five years for a Sewer Connection and Septic Tank Closure Program for qualifying individuals.

“The clock has now started ticking on our consent decree obligations. We have already begun our first major project, a 100-acre green solutions pilot project in the Middle Blue River Basin near 75th Street and Troost Avenue,” said Terry Leeds, acting director of the Water Services Department.

Leeds added that the City will also embark on neighborhood sewer rehabilitation projects and implement additional green solutions projects in the early years of the program.

“The carefully developed long-term infrastructure investments in the Consent Decree will greatly reduce the volume and frequency of overflows and will serve our residents for several generations,” Leeds said.

The Overflow Control Plan and Consent Decree are posted on the City’s website, www.kcmo.org/water, and progress on the Overflow Control Plan will be posted as work continues.

Media seeking more information should contact Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, 816-513-2659.

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