Friday, June 03, 2011

MSD and EPA in sewer agreement that will cost billions

If you have not been paying attention, your sewer bill could increase dramatically.  Check out the breaking news story from Phil Sutin in the St. L Post Dispatch.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District said Thursday that it had agreed in principle to spend $4.7 billion over the next two decades to end a 4-year-old suit that alleged the agency violated federal clean water laws.

The agreement could more than double sewer bills here. MSD handles sanitary and storm water disposal for St. Louis and most of St. Louis County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which filed the suit in 2007, and the Coalition for the Environment, which intervened in it, have agreed to the terms of the consent decree settling the case. Another plaintiff, the state of Missouri, did not agree.

A representative of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office issued a statement saying, "We are not signing the consent decree because we have not been able to reach agreement on all issues we have with MSD."

MSD trustees will consider formal approval next week.

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  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Just another case of the Tail (big government) wagging the Dog (the taxpayers).

    This is the over all result of more abusive Federal(actually government at all levels) Unfunded mandates that eventually cost us taxpayers Millions, no Billions of dollars.

    We overly trust our elected Officials to keep the systems under control, but our complacency costs us the farm.

    Taxpayers and Voters WAKE UP!

  2. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Yet another kick in the teeth for St. Louis County’s bond rating, thanks Charlie. To paraphrase a former Illinois senator, Evret Dirkson, a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon your talking some real money.