Aqueduct Race­track set­tles fed­eral water pol­lu­tion com­plaint

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The op­er­a­tors of Aqueduct Race­track will pay a $150,000 civil penalty to settle a com­plaint that it vi­o­lated the fed­eral Clean Water Act.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties had claimed the track was dis­charg­ing pol­luted waste­water.

It con­tained an­i­mal wash water and de­ter­gent, and feed waste.

In 2013 and 2014, an es­ti­mated 1.26 mil­lion gal­lons of waste­water even­tu­ally ended up in nearby Ja­maica Bay.

Up to 450 horses are housed at the New York City track dur­ing the rac­ing sea­son.

New York Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Pa­trick McKenna says when of­fi­cials learned of the con­tam­i­na­tion is­sue from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in 2015 they quickly worked to rem­edy the prob­lem. He said work has al­ready been com­pleted to pre­vent fu­ture dis­charges.

The set­tle­ment also requires NYRA to post in­spec­tion re­sults on a pub­lic web­site.

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