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The 13abc I-team has a follow up to an investigation we brought you Thursday night.

It's that reservoir project in Fremont that is tens of millions of dollars over budget. The I-Team has  learned that another deadline has been missed on that project.

It turns out the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had given this project a deadline after fining the city of Fremont $6400 back in may.  That letter said in 6 months the EPA  would reassess the project and could consider further action.  On October 31st those six months were up.

This reservoir will take water from the Sandusky River and distribute it to the Fremont area.  The I-Team's investigation uncovered that it was supposed to cost somewhere between $12 and $17 million.  Right now about $31 million has been spent, another $5.5 million are needed and another $18 million in lawsuit judgments are possible.

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With this latest deadline missed, an EPA spokeswoman tells the I-Team that the enforcement committee of the EPA will meet to determine what happens next.  The penalties range from nothing to the matter possibly be referring to the Attorney General for civil action but the I-team is told that possibility is unlikely.

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