Water board fined $50K for dis­charge at Falls

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS -

New York state is fin­ing the Niagara Falls Water Board $50,000 for dis­charg­ing black and smelly water be­low the falls dur­ing a busy tourist week­end.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo trav­elled to the falls Thurs­day to an­nounce the penalty. The Demo­crat says the Water Board will also be re­quired to make changes at its aging waste­water plant and get state ap­proval be­fore mak­ing any fu­ture dis­charges.

Cuomo says state of­fi­cials de­ter­mined the July 29 dis­charge was the re­sult of ba­sic breaches in pro­to­col.

He says “ag­gres­sive” ac­tion is needed to pre­vent some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pen­ing again at the falls, which he called “one of the world’s great­est won­ders.”

Lo­cal water of­fi­cials have blamed out­dated equip­ment and miscommunication be­tween em­ploy­ees for the in­ci­dent. The board has also been cited for an un­re­lated dis­charge in Au­gust.

RAY SPITERI/NIAGARA FALLS RE­VIEW

In this July 29, 2017 photo pro­vided by Rain­bow Air INC., black-coloured waste­water treat­ment dis­charge is re­leased into water be­low Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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