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Source: News 12 Long Island

Residents fear health risks from leaking Bay Park sewage plant

Posted: November 14, 2012
Originally Published: November 13, 2012

EAST ROCKAWAY - The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway continues to leak sewage into Reynolds Channel more than two weeks after Sandy.

Officials say the plant, which was severely damaged by Sandy, is currently discharging 55 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the channel every day. They say the sewage has only been filtered and chlorinated prior to release.

Nearby residents are highly concerned about the health risks of the leak.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano says that a temporary fix will be in place in a few weeks, but a complete repair of the plant will take more than a year. The county executive says he is looking at ways to ensure another hurricane won't knock the facility offline again.

CCE's Adrienne Esposito comments in the video, calling this "a public health crisis."