Wapato WA fined for excess pollution discharges

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WAPATO, Wash. (AP) -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the city of Wapato, Wash., has been fined $57,000 for excess pollution discharges from its sewage plant.

According to an agreement announced Thursday, the plant exceeded allowed levels of ammonia in its discharge permit more than 430 times between 2006 and 2010.

The EPA says the facility also discharged without a permit between June 2010 and September 2011.

The city's wastewater treatment plant provides secondary treatment before water is discharged to the Yakima River.

The EPA's Kimberly Ogle says Wapato is working with the EPA to come into compliance.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com