The Paducah McCracken Joint Sewer Agency (JSA) has entered into a Consent Judgment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has received an Administrative Order from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Judgment was entered into Franklin Circuit Court in September of 2007.
The Consent Judgment requires JSA to address sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and discharges from combined sewer overflow outfalls (CSO outfalls).
It also requires that JSA develop, submit for approval, and implement plans for the continued improvement of the sewage collection and treatment system.
JSA is one of seventeen communities in Kentucky with permitted CSO outfalls. Each of these communities, including Frankfort, Henderson, Louisville, the Northern Kentucky Sanitation District #1, and Owensboro, are under similar consent judgments.
There are up to 100 additional communities in Kentucky that the state is considering additional action to address SSOs.
Early steps for preparation of the improvement plans include water quality sampling, flow monitoring, and computer modeling within the system.
As they are developed, these plans will evaluate improvements to eliminate, reduce, or minimize the impact of overflows.
JSA is also evaluating the operation and maintenance of their system to ensure that appropriate steps are being taken to minimize impacts of the overflows while the improvements are being evaluated, designed, and constructed.
JSA also continues to perform maintenance and rehabilitation throughout its collection system. From July 2005 through October 2008, the JSA has spent over $7 million on these activities.
Click here to review the Consent Judgment for the JSA.