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Too little, too late; Marin fined $1.6 million

This in, from SF Gate:

A Marin County sewage agency has agreed to pay a $1.6 million fine for spilling more than 3 million gallons of sewage into Richardson Bay last year, officials said Wednesday.

The Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin in Mill Valley discharged 2.4 million gallons of untreated sewage Jan. 25, 2008, and a separate spill of 962,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater six days later.

In both cases, the sewage poured out during heavy rain into Richardson Bay’s tidal marsh, where currents can carry pollutants into San Francisco Bay.

The agency will pay $800,000 to a state cleanup fund and another $800,000 to complete two environmental projects, said the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Of course, the rainy season is basically over and there’s no indication that these repairs will be performed timely. So it’s a nice gesture, but I’ll be interested to see if this has any positive impact in preventing spills next winter.

HT: Jonathan