VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Vicksburg restaurants and night clubs will have to follow a new set of rules on disposing cooking fats, oils and grease.
The Vicksburg Post reported (http://bit.ly/VckjvD) the new rules are part of revised ordinances approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The ordinance is part of federally mandated requirements under a 2013 consent decree between the city and the Environmental Protection Agency after an EPA report cited the city for allowing raw sewage to be dumped into the Mississippi River and other local streams.
The new ordinance sets restrictions on the type and design of grease interceptors, which prevent grease, oils and fats from entering Vicksburg's sewer system, traps for retaining and separating waterborne greases and grease collection and facilities.
"We're going forward, we're trying to stay in compliance because we (may) have other lawsuits pending by the EPA," said Mayor George Flaggs Jr.
Besides the consent decree, the city paid a $17,000 fine and is required by EPA to reassess, repair and map the city's 107-year-old sewer system over a 10-year period.
Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said the city will handle reworking of one-tenth of the system each year. The projected cost for the first year in 2015 is $3.118 million.
"It's another issue where previous administrations have been kicking the can down the road and we've got to stop," Flaggs said.
The mayor said he fears that inaction by Vicksburg would provoke another EPA lawsuit.
Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com