Atlanta Wants More Time to Finish Sewer Work, Pay for It

May 4, 2010  |  

(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Atlanta officials want federal and state environmental officials to give them more time — 15 years past the current deadline — to complete the city’s $4 billion effort to fix its aging sewers, improve water quality and stop pollution of the Chattahoochee River.

City Watershed Management Commissioner Rob Hunter wants the consent decree deadline extended from 2014 to 2029 to give Atlanta more time to pay for the project. Hunter said the problem is money — the city is getting less of it to fund the work, and officials know taxpayers are less willing to shoulder the burden.

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