Kansas City and federal authorities last week signed a consent decree that calls for the city to spend $2.5 billion to upgrade its sewer system over the next 25 years. The goal of the agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department is to eliminate overflows of raw sewage and to reduce pollution released in storm water.

The settlement is expected to be approved by the federal court in Kansas City after a 30-day period during which the public can comment.

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