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BATON ROUGE- The Department of Environmental Equality cut East Baton Rouge Parish a $45 million check Wednesday morning.

The money is part of a federal program that help cities deal with the nationwide problem of ailing sewer lines.

Currently, the city-parish is under a sewer revamp and the check will help pay the way. Over $4 million of that will go toward a methane recovery system.

The system will reuse the methane that's generated from the plant and generate electricity.

That would cut down on the use of natural gas and the smell in the north Baton Rouge area.

Residents in the area are pleased with the improvements.

"If they can cut down on the smell where I can come outside and do the things I'm use to doing that would help me a lot," said Willie Booker.

City leaders are pleased with the improvements.

"It will definitely improve the facility and make it ever more functional as we need it to be for the community as a whole," said councilwoman, Tara Wicker.

The loan will be paid back with money collected from monthly sewer fees and a half-cent sales tax dedicated to sewer improvement.

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