CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The city of Welch has agreed to implement a long-term plan to eliminate sewer overflows as part of a settlement involving violations of the Clean Water Act.
The settlement was announced Thursday by the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Under the settlement filed by the Justice Department in federal court, the city will separate its sanitary wastewater and storm sewers at an estimate cost of $16 million to $23 million. In addition, the city will work toward upgrading its treatment plant and monitoring system.
The EPA says about 400,000 gallons of raw sewage had been discharged annually in Welch.
It marks the EPA's third settlement in recent months involving municipal wastewater violations. Sewage overflow cases were settled with Elkins in October and with Fort Gay in January.