News Briefs: Firefighters Respond to Hazmat Incident at WWTP Near Boston

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a federal judge rules Flint residents can sue the U.S. EPA

Firefighers from Boston, Massachusetts, recently responded to a hazmat incident at a wastewater treatment facility in Deer Island.

The emergency call came from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which had reported an over-pressurized 55-gallon drum filled with hazardous waste and chemicals.

“We have a water quality lab at Deer Island. One of the buildings has been evacuated for precautions,” an authority spokesperson told The Boston Herald. “There’s no imminent danger according to the fire department. Nothing has been released into the air.”

A hazmat team evacuated the building as a precaution and released the pressure from the drum.

New York DEC Orders Lake George to Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered the village of Lake George to build a new wastewater treatment plant after violating discharge limits for nitrates.

The village’s current facility was constructed in the 1930s, and a new one is needed, but the money isn’t there, according to WRGB News.

The cost could be between $22 and $25 million, and Sen. Chuck Schumer is meeting with local officials in hopes of getting federal funding for the new plant.

Flint to Receive $77 Million Loan to Fix Water Infrastructure

The city of Flint, Michigan, will get a $77.7 million loan from the state to help fix its water infrastructure, according to Michigan Radio. The money will be used to build a pipeline for a secondary water source; improve a pump station; replace water mains; and improve water quality monitoring.

“It's important to understand it’s not new funding or state funding in any way,” Rob Bincsik, Flint’s public works director, tells Michigan Radio. “The $77.7 million in funding they are referring to is part of the $100 million Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act grant we received some time ago.”

Bincsik also noted that the city’s water system needs more than $300 million more invested into it in the next 20 years.

Judge Rules Flint Residents Can Sue U.S. EPA

In other recent news related to Flint, a federal judge recently ruled the city’s residents have the right to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its role in the Flint Water Crisis.

“The impact on the health of the nearly 100,000 residents of the City of Flint remains untold,” Judge Linda Parker said, according to CNN. “It is anticipated, however, that the injury caused by the lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely generations to come.”


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