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Colorado Springs faces $2 million fine, $43 million in projects after proposed stormwater settlement

November 6, 2020
https://krdo.com/news/top-stories/2020/11/07/colorado-springs-faces-2-million-fine-commitment-to-additional-43-million-in-projects-after-proposed-stormwater-settlement/

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Two years after a judge ruled that the city violated federal stormwater regulations on several occasions, the proposed penalty has been revealed.

The city would pay a fine of $2 million and commit to an additional $43 million in stormwater projects over 15 years, Mayor John Suthers announced earlier this week.

Suthers said "an agreement in principle" exists for a settlement between the city -- the defendant in the case -- and the plaintiffs including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Pueblo County and the lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.

"We're now entering a 30-day comment period," he said. "At the end of it, the judge will evaluate whether he wants to approve the settlement. I suspect he will."

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