BRADENTON, Fla. — Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, has promised to spend more than $750 million to settle federal charges related to contaminating local waters with untreated sewage.

An estimated $750 million will go toward overhauling the city’s aging sewer system as part of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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