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Published: Thursday, 1/27/2011

City asks EPA to extend time for sewer overhaul

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the feasibility of extending the time line to complete a federally mandated sewer overhaul meant to keep raw sewage out of waterways.

Mr. Bell spoke with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson during his trip to Washington Jan. 19-21 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Toledo City Council this week rejected proposed hikes in water and sewer rates the Bell administration has sought in part to help pay for $521 million in sewer upgrades mandated by a federal consent decree started in 2005.

Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has pressed the administration to ask for more time to finish the upgrade. The city has received one four-year extension, prolonging the project to 2020.

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