US sues Mount Vernon, alleging Clean Water Act violations

June 28, 2018 - 9:21 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government is suing the city of Mount Vernon, saying it violated the Clean Water Act by failing to comply with rules meant to stop raw sewage from polluting waterways.

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was announced Thursday by a federal prosecutor and the regional head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman says Mount Vernon for years has discharged raw sewage and other pollutants from its storm sewer system into the Hutchinson and Bronx rivers.

The lawsuit says Mount Vernon has failed to comply with the environmental law since at least January 2012.

The lawsuit seeks a court order compelling the city to comply with the law and an order imposing civil penalties.

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has vowed to work with prosecutors and the EPA.

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