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Hearing set on Kings Beach sewage spill

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will vote tonight whether to accept a proposed settlement that would resolve a hefty fine and pending litigation over last summer’s Kings Beach sewage spill.

Lahontan released a $325,000 settlement last month that would be part of a global settlement among the state agency and North Tahoe Public Utility District actions against the two property owners and their contractor.

In July 2005, Tahoe City-based Pacific Built, Inc. was building a private pier for two Kings Beach homeowners when workers punctured a sewer main line that dumped a reported 56,000 gallons of raw sewage into Lake Tahoe.

The North Tahoe PUD filed a lawsuit against the contractor and homeowners Hans and Margaret Coffeng and Claude Geoffrey and Christine Davis in May for $248,000, to recover the costs the district incurred as a result of the spill.

The settlement proposal includes a payment of $26,840 into the State Waste Discharge Permit Fund and $298,160 for a supplemental environmental project that will pay for an emergency bypass hose reel system to be housed by the North Tahoe PUD.

The water board is scheduled to vote on the settlement at its meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.

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Written public comments on the proposed settlement are due by 2 p.m. today by Lahontan staff. Call 542-5400 for more information.