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City Agrees to Pay $120,000 in Fines

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The city of Great Falls is paying the EPA $120,000 in fines to be paid out in over 3 years. During a Commission meeting the city of Great Falls has accepted to pay fines of up to $120,000 dollars to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Ultimately the EPA decided to file an action against the city and as part of a way to resolve that action they developed this convent decree. and this decent decree basically has a process for us to continue monitoring and hopeful a continuing resolution to the H2S piece," explains City Manager, Greg Doyon.

Good news for Great Falls tax payers is that the money will come out of city funds so citizens taxes will not go up due to problems with the city sewer lines.

"The city has enough money in the sewer fund reserves to pay the penalty and to move forward with the super mental, environmental projects that are required by EPA," says Doyon.

One of the issues involving our sewer system is the runoff from Malteurop plant causing higher hydrogen sulfide levels in our sewer water. A problem that city officials say need to be monitored.

"They detected high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in the sewer system and it was actually out of a manhole and incoming from Black Eagle because we service the sewer system from Black Eagle. And so from that they had an on going investigation from the source of that and they had concerns that some of it was coming from the refinery, but ultimately what they determined it was that the malt plant discharge that resides in the force main was creating this H2S gas when it was just sitting there," says Doyon.

The city of Great Falls will be paying $30,000 over 3 years to pay off these fines, that money will also be going to studies that will be done on our city's sewers.

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