Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

EPA May Decide On Sewage Spill Fine in January.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide next month whether to fine Rio Rancho for a sewage spill into the Rio Grande in July.

"We expect a decision on what enforcement is appropriate in early January," David Bary, spokesman for the regional EPA office in Dallas, said Tuesday. "The discharge, release or spill was outside the conditions of the permit and any violation of a permit is an enforceable action under the (federal) Clean Water Act."

The EPA in August issued the city a disciplinary order that says the city violated its discharge permit July 13 when it allowed waste water to flow from one of its treatment plants into the river. …

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