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EPA: KCK agrees to address untreated raw sewage

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has reached an agreement to address the overflow of untreated raw sewage and stormwater pollution levels.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that the settlement was filed Thursday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan. It requires the Unified Government to improve its operation and maintenance programs and take initial steps to address sewer overflows.

By September 2016, the Unified Government also must develop a long-term approach for controlling overflow.

The EPA says that about one-third of the Unified Government's sewer system is served by combined sewers that carry stormwater and wastewater. Since 2004, the Unified Government has reported more than 450 illegal sewer overflows. Those overflows have discharged raw sewage into the Missouri and Kansas rivers and their tributaries.