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City of Skagway Agrees to Pay $18,000 EPA
Settlement to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations


November 06, 2006

Skagway, Alaska - The City of Skagway has agreed to pay an $18,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued to the City's wastewater treatment plant.

The NPDES permit program, established under the federal Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants to waters in the United States. Here, the City's wastewater treatment facility discharges municipal wastewater into Taiya Inlet, which is part of the upper Lynn Canal located near Skagway, AK. The facility serves a population of approximately 862.

According to an EPA news release, between October 2002 and November 2005, the facility had 1,211 violations including exceedances of permit limits for biological oxygen demand, total suspended solids; fecal coli form bacteria, and E. coli bacteria.

According to Marcia Combes, EPA's Alaska Operations Office Director, "EPA strongly believes in the importance of protecting water quality in Alaska and we are happy that the City appears to be making strides in upgrading their facility."


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