Palmer to pay nearly $200K in fines over sewage pollution problem
PALMER — Palmer's sewage treatment plant, built in the 1950s, is getting a major upgrade under pressure from regulators.
The plant for years has violated Clean Water Act pollution standards governing wastewater released into the Matanuska River, the glacial waterway that flows past this city that began as a New Deal farm colony.
Now Palmer has agreed to curtail pollutants coming from the plant, under a proposed settlement with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice.
The EPA took the enforcement lead in the settlement, which the agencies announced Tuesday.