News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Metro RTA

Don Drumm Studios

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Judge blesses the Akron sewer deal just as it may be falling apart
Akron now wants to try a cheaper, greener alternative to controlling the sewage flowing into rivers and lakes
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and MARK URYCKI


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
A warning of combined-sewer overflows on the Little Cuyahoga River south of Rack 40.
Courtesy of MARK URYCKI
Download (WKSU Only)

A federal judge has signed off on a deal between the EPA and Akron to limit the hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater that flow into Northeast Ohio creeks, rivers and lakes each year. But the OK comes after the city says it may no longer be bound by the deal. And even the judge’s order acknowledges he isn’t sure what happens next. 

LISTEN: Courts, sewers and costs

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:58)


After two years and an independent expert’s report,  District Judge John Adams’ order says he’s convinced the $1.4 billion plan would control the sewage overflows, especially into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

His order says he understands now why the EPA gave Akron broad leeway from its standards. And he’s finally convinced the deal – quote – “is fair, adequate and reasonable, as well as consistent with the public interest.”

But his order also recognizes a very significant new roadblock to the work finally being carried out.

In December, Akron announced it is withdrawing, and wants the EPA to go along with a cheaper plan that involves less construction and more green infrastructure, such as settling ponds and rain gardens.

Adams’ order says Akron already has been operating under all the deadlines and parameters of the original plan and that the U.S. EPA opposes the change. But the city plans to pursue the new plan and wants Adams out of the picture -- with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati taking over.

Akron’s sewer system serves about 300,000 customers. 


Related WKSU Stories

With no approval yet for a sewer rebuild, Akron is taking what steps it can
Monday, April 9, 2012

Akron awaits massive sewer plan approval
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Churches come together to welcome and include Gay Games athletes
Nicely done!!! A little known fact about the El Salvadoran and Columbian scholarships.. A big thank you to the Faith Community for their support of Gay Games 9....

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University