Rhode Island

Newport, R.I.

$100m sewer plan gets conditional OK

A $100 million plan to improve Newport’s sewer system to keep it from polluting the harbor has been given a conditional OK by the state and federal governments. The Newport Daily News reported that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Management have conditionally approved the project to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment plant, but it must still be approved by federal court. The city settled a lawsuit in 2011 that said it was violating the federal Clean Water Act because its sewer system gets overwhelmed during heavy rains and discharges sewage and storm water, polluting the water and beaches. The planned wastewater treatment plant would be able to handle 50 percent more sewage and storm water.