Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Announces Revised Consent Order To Protect Environment, Economic Growth
agreement fulfills my goals to protect our environment while allowing for
continued economic growth,” Picente said. “The final language of the
order satisfies my intention of revising the terms of the original consent
order, which were punitive in nature, into an accommodation that addresses
the pump station problem without punishing the region while we are fixing
that problem,” said Picente, who spearheaded efforts to revise the initial
order that would have stopped economic expansion in key suburban
communities. “Because of the time and effort that
The Consent Order seeks to address the long-running problem of overflows at the Sauquoit Creek pump station during storms. Under terms of the order, the county must develop a plan to bring overflows under control. It also calls for a time frame for progress to be made, beginning with a set of interim remedial measures that take effect within 180 days. Finally, it obligates the county to pay $150,000 in penalties, which includes $30,000 in environmental benefits projects for the creek.
Additionally, the county can allow new hookups to the sewage system, but it must remove at least five gallons of excess flow for every one gallon of wastewater added by a new connection. The goal is to undertake immediate actions to reduce the amount of wastewater overflow while pursuing a permanent solution and not hindering development.
The county is to have a fully developed remedial plan in three years and to complete all associated actions by Oct. 31, 2014.
“I want to commend DEC Commissioner Grannis and his staff, and County Executive Anthony Picente and his staff for negotiating a reasonable compromise on this urgent matter, which balances economic development and environmental safety,” said Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D-Rome). “This consent order allows the completion of several major projects that faced an uncertain future due to the existing moratorium on new construction, while protecting the health and safety of residents throughout the region.”
The Sauquoit Creek pump
station receives sewage from the villages of
The consent order requires
“This order is needed to
stem the discharge of untreated sewage to the
“DEC staff, regional staff and Oneida County officials have worked hard on this consent order and we feel it establishes a pathway to complying with environmental laws, conserving water resources and protecting public health,” said DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis.
“DEC will continue to work with industry and municipalities for sustainable development that protects our natural resources – open space, air water, fish and wildlife – and our commitment to correcting the Sauquoit Creek pump station discharges is an example of the this,” Drabicki said.