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Lawmakers want criminal probe of stinky wastewater near base of Niagara Falls

Lawmakers want criminal probe of stinky wastewater near base of Niagara Falls
From CBC - August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Niagara Falls, N.Y., are asking for a criminal investigation into the discharge of inky, foul-smelling wastewater that turned the water below Niagara Falls black.

The Niagara County legislature passed resolutionsThursdaynight that request investigations by the New York state attorney general, the Niagara County district attorney and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The legislators want the agencies to investigatethe July 29 discharge that turned the water near the base of the falls black on a sunny day when the area was crowded with tourists.

The Niagara Falls Water Board says workers at the local wastewater treatment plant let a pump run for too long while emptying a sedimentation basin. The basin contained residue from the cleaning of carbon filters at the plant.

Several state legislatorshave asked for theirattorney general, the district attorney and the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate. Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates has alsocalled for an investigation in an open letter to provincial Environment MinisterChris Ballard.

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