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EBMUD, other agencies reach clean water pact

Original post made on Jul 29, 2014

The East Bay Municipal Utility District, the city of Oakland and six other East Bay cities have reached an agreement with federal environmental regulators to prevent sewage overflows and spills into the San Francisco Bay, officials said Monday.

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Posted by psMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

How much total money did the EPA take in by this "lawsuit" against local cities and sewer/water districts?
This money should he returned to local taxpayers and citizens of the Bay, not go to grow a Federal agency!

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Posted by Brower's Spirit
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

Allow me to venture an alternative approach to this issue, if you will:

EPA is required to enforce the environmental laws, which have been around since the 1970s, against all kinds of polluters, including government and quasi-government agencies.

Those laws and regulations must have teeth, in the form of penalties for non-compliance -- so just as you'd expect Dow to pay a fine, so must any local government(s) that breaks the same law.

This case has been settled, which spares everyone, ultimately meaning taxpayers, the great expense of a trial -- estimating that a trial would cost more than the total fines collected here.

Lawsuits are always a last resort -- it's much more efficient to regulate, but that requires the polluter to cooperate in compliance.

Just as the local government is us taxpayers -- so is the EPA!

If you have a gripe as a taxpayer, I suggest you take it up with whatever agencies you contribute to, who failed to do their job in complying with the law -- so much so that the feds had to sue to keep RAW SEWAGE out of our bay.

Knee-jerk hatred of government is out of control.