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CFPUA gives OK for $300,000 in penalties for sewage spills


WILMINGTON, NC ( -- The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, along with Wilmington and New Hanover County, is one step closer to coming to terms with the US Environmental Protection Agency over violations tied to a number of large sewage spills last decade.

CFPUA approved paying $300,000 in civil penalties to the EPA Thursday afternoon at a special meeting.

The fine is part of a consent decree between the EPA and the city, the county and the authority. The CFPUA-approved agreement also holds the authority responsible for reporting information to the EPA for at least two years.

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