EPA, New York officials ban sewage dump in Long Island Sound

EPA, New York officials to ban sewage dump in Long Island Sound

3:26 PM, 3rd May 2011
EPA, New York officials to ban sewage dump in Long Island Sound


Officials say ban is necessary since adequate disposal facilities already exist and subsequent chemicals are insidious to the environment.  

WASHINGTON DC, US: Environmental Protection Agency officials have determined that boatmen in Long Island Sound should adhere to a no-discharge zone for sewage disposal. Motions are underway to ban boatmen from discharging sewage into the water and instead dispose of their sewage at specially designated pump-out stations. Discharges can contain harmful levels of pathogens and chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenols and chlorine, which degrade water quality and impair marine life.

The proposed ban areas encompass approximately 760 sq miles of Long Island Sound and include the open waters, harbours and bays from the Hell Gate Bridge in the west to the Block Island Sound in the east.

Agency officials are taking public comment on proposed approval of the ban until May 11, 2011.

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