Mayor Horrigan Gives Update on Federal Consent Decree

 

Since 2014, the City of Akron has been under one of the strictest Federal consent decrees in the nation. The City was tasked with completely overhauling the combined sewer overflow system with the goal of drastically cleaning up Akron's waterways. The City of Akron is seeking modification to the two remaining projects which would lead to saving ratepayers an estimated $140 million and provide the same environmental benefits. Despite detailed technical and financial justifications supporting Akron's proposal, Akron recently received word from both the Regional Administrator for the U.S. EPA Region 5 and the staff for the U.S. EPA headquarters, that the U.S. EPA will not support our proposal to build the 16-foot tunnel in lieu of the substantially oversized 24-foot tunnel. 

As the City works through the dispute process with the U.S. EPA, Mayor Horrigan also sent a letter to the U.S. EPA Administrator, Michael Regan, to express his disappointment in the U.S. EPA's refusal and especially their unwillingness to discuss the inequity of the project on Akron's most vulnerable ratepayers.

View Mayor's Letter 

Send Your Own Letter to the EPA

Join Mayor Horrigan and send a letter to Administrator Regan to let your voice be heard. The U.S. EPA needs to hear from Akron's ratepayers about the burden this project is taking on you and your families. Simply click the link below to open a new starter email, add your story, and include your name at the bottom. Please help our efforts and support Akron's 3rd Amendment. 

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The Akron Cares Program

The Akron Cares Program is in place to provide relief to those rate payers who are having difficulty paying their Akron utility bills. So far over $1.3 Million has been spent through the program to help Akron residents who can't afford the high cost of their sewer/water bills. 

Below is a map that shows the Akron Cares Program and where those funds are being utilized the most. It also shows the areas that the federal government has defined as "disadvantaged communities." As you can clearly see, the areas that the federal government is defining through their own metrics as "disadvantaged communities" are the exact areas where residents are struggling the most to pay their high sewer/water bills, further showing the inequitable burden of these projects on Akron's most vulnerable communities.