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Akron Mayor will fight sewer decision
Don Plusquellic says he'll wait and appeal a final ruling rather than fighting three civil cases.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic
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Akron’s mayor Don Plusquellic says he’ll put the responsibility on a federal judge to drastically hike Akron’s water rates.

Plusquellic’s angry reaction came at a press conference today (Friday) , the day after U.S. District Judge John Adams  rejected an agreement between the city and the U.S. EPA on how to keep about  two billion gallons of sewage a year from overflowing into area rivers and canals.

By canceling the agreement, the judge says three lengthy and expensive civil trials will take place starting May 31. But Plusquellic says he’s not going to get into a fight with a federal judge.

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Plusquellic says the city already reached an agreement with the EPA for an eightteen year cleanup,  a time frame the judge rejected as too long and too dependent on future agreements. But the mayor says speeding things and increasing the restrictions will cost taxpayers more than one billion dollars, compared to the 370-million called for by the city’s plan.

Plusquellic says the city will now shift focus to building two new treatment facilities.

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The mayor says if he can get permits from Ohio’s EPA, the new facilities will solve about fifty percent of the city’s sewage problem.


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A mayor with a history of corruption. It is time for him to go. Akron needs fresh ideas and people who aren't going to abuse position like Plusquellic. Get him out now

Posted by: James (Akron) on December 20, 2012 11:12AM
Plusquellic blames everyone but himself. This should have been handled in the early 90s. Plusquellic spent more on parking lots than on the sewers which should have had priority due to health and safety issues.

Posted by: Warner Mendenhall (Akron) on March 19, 2011 2:03AM
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