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The city of St. John’s, Nfld., recently unveiled long-awaited plans for a sewage treatment plant - and it’s going to be public. CUPE played a key role in keeping pressure on the city’s unpredictable mayor, Andy Wells, securing a commmitment that the much-needed harbour cleanup would not become a P3. Mayors of the surrounding communities also committed to keep the new treatment systems public.

The plant will provide primary sewage treatment, stopping the dumping of raw sewage into the St. John’s harbour area. Costs for the $93 million project will be split evenly between federal, provincial and municipal governments.