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Rye issued violation for pollution in Blind Brook

The city of Rye has been issued a notice of violation from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC, for not responding to inquiries about a polluted discharge in the Blind Brook.

The city of Rye has been issued a violation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for not responding to the agency’s inquiries about pollution in the Blind Brook. Rye has until Feb. 28 to fix the problem, as of press time. Photo courtesy Suzy Allman

The municipality has until Feb. 28 to identify and eliminate the polluted discharge, which was reported by the environmental advocacy group Save the Sound on Dec. 7, 2017, according to statement from the DEC.

Blind Brook has been an area of interest for Save the Sound, among other places in the Long Island Sound watershed, for being one of the most polluted waterways in Westchester County.

As of press time, Rye is part of an ongoing lawsuit commenced by Save the Sound for allegedly violating the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act.

Specifically, the environmental group is claiming several Westchester municipalities’ deficient and neglected sewer infrastructure has caused untreated waste to enter the Long Island Sound via sanitary sewer overflows.

The suit, filed in 2015, originally included 11 municipalities in the Long Island Sound region; however, several communities have since settled with Save the Sound.

Last year, the villages of Mamaroneck and Port Chester settled their lawsuits independently. A conference call between the city of Rye and the environmental group took place on Jan. 30, 2018.

Rye City Mayor Josh Cohn, a Democrat, could not be reached for comment, as of press time.



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