OMAHA—Are several major Omaha companies bluffing when they threaten to leave town over the multi-billion dollar sewer fight?
Mayor Jim Suttle won’t say yes but, in an exclusive on camera interview (see video below) with Nebraska Watchdog, he did not say no.
The mayor’s comments come as the city is set to announce on Wednesday a pilot program aimed at reducing storm water runoff using plants and different soils.
According to the city the program is a joint effort between the city and the EPA, with funding provided by the federal government.
The EPA has mandated the city to stop raw sewage from flowing into the Missouri River, a mandate that comes with an estimated $2 billion price-tag on Omaha consumers and threats of huge fines if the city does not comply.
This month the Alliance for the Private Sector, a constant thorn in Suttle’s side, said the city should not ”pay the fines. Make them sue the city and then fight it in court.”
Suttle tells Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan that’s not going to happen.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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