Ali RosenJun 26, 2018, 3:42 pm

Mount Vernon mayor calls for sewage cleanup

'The city is facing crippling fines and tax hikes for its 15-year failure to comply with the Clean Water Act'

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is calling on the city to immediately take action and inspect the sewage system after 15 years of failing to comply with the Clean Water Act. Otherwise, Mount Vernon will face thousands of dollars in fines per day by the U.S. Department of Justice. However, the mayor says that the city council is unwilling to pay the bills in order to get the job done.

"[The Department of Justice is] ready to sue the city for millions of dollars with fines as much as $37,500 a day per violation," Thomas has said.

The mayor met with the DOJ last Thursday in New York City to request more time, but they have not yet given an exact date on when fines will begin for Mount Vernon.

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