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Clyman settles sewer violation charges

By Sean Ryan

The village of Clyman, after 12 years of a deteriorated and leaking sewerage system, has agreed to build a new treatment plant and fix its pipes to settle a state lawsuit.

The agreement announced Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Justice settles state charges that the village violated its permits to operate a treatment system and polluted waterways.

According to a state lawsuit filed on Dec. 11, much of the wastewater that was sent into the village’s sewer pipes never made it to the treatment plant and instead leaked out through cracks.

The village had numerous sewer breaks in 1993, five in 1996, one in 2001 and three in 2005, according to the lawsuit. The state counted four sewer leaks from 2006 to 2008 that the village did not clean up, according to the lawsuit.

To settle the charges, the village will pay the state $5,000 in fines and has agreed to build a $3 million new treatment plant by July 1, 2011. The village also agreed to a 10-year program of repairs and improvements to the pipes in its system.

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