NF Water Board Says Another Discharge Happened Tuesday

Cuomo calls on DEC to stop with discharges

Tom Puckett
August 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) The Niagara Falls Water Board says a wet weather event yesterday caused discharges throughout the area, including the Gorge Pump Station.

The NFWB says in a statement the discharge was a result of volume levels exceeding existing storage capacity. The discharge, done in accordance with current permitting, was also promptly reported.

A few hours later, Governor Cuomo issued a statement, saying the DEC has informed the Niagara Falls Water Board that they must cease any discharges from the sediment basin until the investigation into July's discharge is complete.

In addition, DEC is instructing the Water Board to evaluate permanent solutions such as requiring automatic shutoff valves.

Governor Cuomo's statement:

"Earlier this month, I directed the Department of Environmental Conservation to launch a comprehensive investigation into the discharge of black wastewater into the Lower Niagara River which occurred on July 29th.  At my direction, DEC has informed the Niagara Falls Water Board that they must cease any discharges from the sediment basin until the investigation is complete. In addition, DEC is instructing the Water Board to evaluate permanent solutions such as requiring automatic shutoff valves. DEC has further directed the Niagara Water Board to submit a report on the incident by September 1, and we expect this investigation to be completed in the coming weeks."

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