Sunday, December 07, 2014

Orange Confidential: KJ sewer plant permit expired in July 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has cited the Village of Kiryas Joel for violations at its sewage treatment plant, including the fact that it had been operating with an expired discharge permit since July 31.

The notice of violation, dated Nov. 7, stems from a plant inspection the DEC conducted on Sept. 17 to test compliance with that permit, known as a State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit. Inspectors found fault with a mechanical screen that had been out of order since June 1, and noted that several other issues hadn't been corrected since the DEC's last inspection letter, in August 2013. They also noticed the expired permit, which meant the plant technically had been operating without one for more than three months.

The village was given until Dec. 1 to submit a corrective action plan. The DEC didn't respond to a question from the Times Herald-Record about whether Kiryas Joel has since renewed the SPDES permit for the treatment plant.


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