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DeKalb Agrees to Millions in Sewer Upgrades

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County has agreed to make sweeping improvements to its sewer system to curb overflows of untreated sewage.

The county estimates that the improvements could cost $700 million.

In addition, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that DeKalb will pay a civil penalty
of $453,000 to be split between the U.S. and the state of Georgia. The county also agreed to launch a $600,000 environmental program
that will provide additional environmental benefits.

The agreement resolves a joint federal and state complaint alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

Stan Meiburg of the EPA's regional office says the agreement will "benefit the local community and improve water quality in the
Upper Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee watersheds."