County To Upgrade Facilities, Pay $1.8 Million In Penalties And Costs For Wastewater Violations

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Aug. 10 it reached an agreement with Pasco County to resolve continuous violations at 10 county owned wastewater treatment facilities. The legal order imposes close to $1.8 million in penalties and costs on Pasco County.

"Through this legal agreement, DEP is requiring the county to resolve its environmental violations in a timely manner," said acting Southwest District Director Mike Farley. "The department is committed to enforcing the state's firm environmental regulations in order to protect public health and Florida's natural resources."

As a part of the order, Pasco County must implement and complete capital improvements and modifications to facilities the DEP determines is essential to address sanitary sewer overflows and unauthorized discharges. This includes construction improvements and rehabilitation of the county's collection systems and facilities.

For more information, contact DEP at http://www.dep.state.fl.us.

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