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Deadline set for City to settle EPA lawsuit 

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The city has three months to reach a settlement over its Clean Water Act violations or face further litigation for violating its stormwater discharge permit, according to filings in the federal lawsuit brought by the EPA in 2016. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ruled against the city on Nov. 9 on all three violations tried in September. They're among hundreds stemming from the city's deference to developers over flood controls.

The lawsuit has cost the city $3.3 million in attorney fees alone, and Mayor John Suthers says he wants to settle the case, though plaintiffs, which include Pueblo County and the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, say the city has resisted a deal that includes long-term mandates. Matsch told the parties Dec. 6 to either deliver a "settlement framework" for his consideration by March 8 or face further litigation.

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