New York

4 Million Gallons of Sewage Spill from Albany into Hudson River: Report

New York's capital city says it has spilled 4 million gallons of sewage into the Hudson River in the last two weeks, partly because of heavy rains.

Albany filed notice of the spills with the state Department of Environmental Conservation Friday afternoon, though the spills started June 23 and a 2013 state 

A mayoral spokesman in nearby Troy, John Salka, also told the newspaper there were sewage spills in that city, but he couldn't provide details. Troy hadn't yet filed its notice Friday.

Much of the spillage happened during heavy rains in the area last week. Both cities have systems that combine stormwater and sanitary sewage. They're meant to prevent treatment plants from being overwhelmed in big rains by letting wastewater flow into the river instead.

Cities that violate reporting requirements on discharges can be fined up to $37,500 a day, DEC spokeswoman Erica Ringewald said.

"As a result of recent wet weather with limited discharge reporting, DEC will continue to investigate the potential for unreported combined sewer overflows," she added.

Troy and Albany officials said reporting lagged because the responsibility wasn't handed off during staff vacations.

Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey says the city now has a new procedure in place to ensure proper reporting. Salka says Troy is working on resolving the problem.

State and federal environmental regulators announced a $136 million plan in 2014 to reduce the amount of combined-sewer discharges in Albany, Troy and some nearby communities.

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