Sewage Spill Fine Reduced

A proposed 700-thousand dollar fine for a sewage spill at Lake Tahoe will be reduced because the size the spill was vastly overestimated.

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board had proposed a
700-thousand dollar fine against a contractor and two property
owners for the spill last July.

At the time, officials estimated 120-thousand gallons of raw
sewage reached Lake Tahoe after a contractor hit a sewer line.

But during a six-hour meeting yesterday, water quality officials
said the penalty must be reduced because the size of the spill was
only about half of the original estimate.

State officials said their initial calculations were based on
information provided by the North Tahoe Public Utility District.