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Barrett Accused of Breaking Milwaukee Sewage Promise


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Democrats’ only major candidate for governor has been accused of not keeping a promise 6 years ago to solve Milwaukee’s sewage problems.

Republican Scott Walker called Tom Barrett, “the number-one polluter in the state.” Walker said Barrett promised to come up with a plan to end the dumping of untreated sewage into Lake Michigan, when Barrett first ran for Milwaukee mayor in 2004.

But the July floods dumped over 2 billion gallons of sewage and stormwater into various waterways. And Walker said the mayor should have brought it up with federal EPA administrator Lisa Jackson when they met in Milwaukee Thursday to talk about water technology research.

Phil Walzak of the Barrett campaign called Walker’s accusation “shameless.” He said Barrett has expanded the capacity of Milwaukee’s Deep Tunnel sewage system by 28 percent.

The mayor looked into the possible separation of the city’s storm-and-sanitary sewers – but a study panel found that it was too expensive and would cause too many disruptions downtown. After the Walker accusation, the Barrett camp took out a TV ad accusing the Milwaukee County executive of being a flip-flopper on the state smoking ban and the Arizona immigration law. Walker says he’s been consistent on both those issues.