MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) – Lucas County Commissioners on Wednesday announced a new commission to examine the town of Maumee’s history of the sewage discharge into the Maumee River. The commission will be responsible for examining “the history, nature and extent of the management by the town of Maumee of its storm and sanitary sewer overflows”, as well as the town’s relations with the Protection Agency. of the Ohio environment.
The announcement is a response to revelation earlier this year that the town of Maumee had dumped far more than its allowable amount of sewage into the river for decades. The city revealed the details when it informed residents of an increase in water charges meant to help correct the problem in the long run.
According to city officials at the time, the City of Maumee and the Ohio EPA reached an agreement in 1984 that allowed the city to dump 25 million gallons of sewage into the river per year. If the city were to exceed that amount after the rain, it was supposed to notify the Ohio EPA, but no one in key positions appears to have done so.
Shortly after the announcement, Ohio Representative Jon Cross proposed a new bill to the Ohio General Assembly that would ban towns and villages from such landfills and impose strict fines on those that break the rule. This bill has not yet been passed.
The main objective of the new commission will be to determine the conditions which allowed the excessive dumping to occur, to determine the effect that the dumping may have had on the Maumee River and to make recommendations to avoid a problem. similar in the future.
The commission will be made up of representatives from neighboring cities like Toledo and Oregon, as well as lawyers from Maumee, Toledo and Lucas County.
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