Hays Fined $18K For Wastewater Violation

By: AP
By: AP

HAYS, Kan. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has fined the city of Hays for violations at the city's wastewater treatment facility.

The Hays Daily News reports the EPA fined the city $18,000 for the 2012 violations. The EPA's initial fine was $29,000, but the amount was lowered after negotiations.

The city was fined for problems stemming from the testing processes to lower nitrates, ammonia and phosphates. The unsuccessful experiment led to excessive ammonia levels for several days before staff caught the error and reported it to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Hays City Commission is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the issue. Commissioners can opt to pay the penalty or challenge it in court. City staff has recommended accepting the decision.

Posted by Greg Palmer

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