Salisbury to pay fine in agreement with EPA

April 24, 2002

The city of Salisbury will pay a $40,000 fine and spend another $200,000 or more to install equipment to monitor for sewage spills, under an agreement with the federal government that settles years-old violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency said that before December 2000, the city allowed industrial plants to send too much silver, lead, zinc, grease and other pollution into the sewer system, and eventually into the Wicomico River.

The agreement does not close the books on an August 2001 raw-sewage spill into the river at the city's Marine Road sewage treatment plant. That incident could result in further fines, an EPA spokesman said yesterday.

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