December 1, 2004 - The City of Knoxville will
drop its lawsuit against KUB regarding the utility's operation of
its wastewater system.
The City's lawsuit, filed in Knox County Circuit Court, covered many
of the same issues contained in a Consent Decree filed Wednesday in
U.S. District Court and agreed to by federal and state regulatory
agencies, the City of Knoxville and KUB.
"The City's goal is to ensure an environmentally sound wastewater
system, and the Consent Decree spells out how that will be accomplished
by KUB with state and federal oversight," Mayor Bill Haslam said.
"The withdrawal of the Knox County Circuit Court lawsuit avoids protracted
and costly litigation over issues that are in the process of being
resolved. All parties involved worked hard to resolve this litigation
to the benefit of taxpayers and ratepayers."