Federal and Indiana authorities have reached an agreement with the city of Gary to resolve longstanding violations of the Clean Water Act, including the release of raw sewage.
The agreement announced Wednesday includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Gary Sanitary District. The city will pay a $75,000 civil fine and take steps starting over the next 25 years to eliminate the problems.
The city must ensure a wastewater treatment plant sufficiently treats wastewater during all weather conditions and improve the Grand Calumet River. The agreement also addresses PCB contamination in an area known as the Ralston Street Lagoon.
EPA Acting Regional Administrator Robert Kaplan says in a statement it's "an important step" toward cleaning up northwest Indiana's waterways.