Originally Posted by Patchman
Then why not have the current municipality state that because past administrations were responsible for these EPA violations, that the current administration is not responsible for them.
And also because the past administrations knew they were violating EPA laws/regulations which would "someday" cause the municipality a huge fine, the past administration has effectively forced a future debt onto a future administration. Which they can't do. Which, therefore, the current administration should not be legally responsible for.
A muni does have the ability to tell the feds to take a hike, they don't because they don't have backbone to do it, but they certainly can.