BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 19 that the city of West Haven, Connecticut, has agreed to
make changes to its storm water system, ensuring the protection of local
"Protecting our waterways means not only stopping direct
discharges of sewage overflows from sanitary systems, but also protecting our
rivers, ponds, lakes and streams from contaminated runoff by adequately
managing storm water," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's
New England office. "We appreciate that the city of West Haven is going to
focus its efforts on addressing both these important programs."
West Haven first agreed in 2014 to make changes to reduce
allegedly illegal sanitary sewer overflow discharges as part of a consent
agreement with the EPA. In April 2015, the EPA found purported instances of the
City failing to properly follow through with the arrangement. The two parties
have now amended the 2014 agreement to include stormwater system upgrades.
"West Haven's additional measures to ensure compliance
with the Clean Water Act benefit all of us," said U.S. attorney Deirdre M.
Daly. "We are thankful for each opportunity to partner with the EPA and
the state of Connecticut in an effort to ensure and maintain the chemical,
physical, and biological integrity of the waters of this State."