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City of Dothan to pay EPA settlement

The City of Dothan is cutting its losses and moving forward after EPA and ADEM violations.

City commission members approved a resolution today to pay a settlement of $264,000.00 to the Environmental Protection Agency and Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The city is paying a settlement for violations of the clean water act and for failure to maintain its sewer system.

The EPA and ADEM ordered the city to fix those issues over a required time frame, beginning in 2008.

"It's a relief and I'm excited that it's over, and it's a great thing for the City of Dothan,” said Mayor Mike Schmitz.  

City officials say the settlement is a big accomplishment, as the fines could have been well over one million dollars. 

But they say the city could face future fines if it fails to meet EPA guidelines down the road.
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