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EPA grants extension for Bad River tribe sewage treatment facilities cleanup

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The Bad River Indian tribe has been given more time to get its sewage treatment facilities into compliance with an order from the federal EPA.

The tribe told the federal government it needed more time to resolve violations at its three wastewater facilities. Bad River leaders cited contracting problems and the bitter cold winter.

The EPA granted a five-month extension until June 30th to get things fixed.

Critics highlighted the EPA's order last year. They said it was wrong for the tribe to cite environmental concerns for opposing the nearby Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine, while having its own environmental issues.

Tribal chairman Mike Wiggins tells Wisconsin Public Radio his community is no different than others throughout the state which have issues. Wiggins said the tribe spent $1.6 million of its own money for advanced equipment, emergency storage of wastewater, and training for its plant operators.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)