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DEC investigating sewage overflow at Fultonville

DEC investigating sewage overflow at Fultonville

'Preliminary information indicates that a blockage of grease and rags may have caused' problem
DEC investigating sewage overflow at Fultonville
The Fonda-Fultonville Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Photographer: Courtesy Google Maps

FULTONVILLE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the overflow of about 2,000 gallons of sewage on Friday. 

The overflow came from the Fonda-Fultonville Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant and happened over about two hours Friday morning and impacted the Mohawk River, according to a state alert.

"Preliminary information indicates that a blockage of grease and rags may have caused the overflow," according to a statement issued by the DEC.

Plant workers stopped the overflow by removing the blockage, according to the alert. The alert cites the location of the discharge as Fultonville.

"DEC water engineers are continuing a review to obtain additional information regarding this incident, and to determine if corrective actions are needed and any violations occurred."

Officials with the two villages could not be reached. The plant serves the towns of Glen and Mohawk and villages of Fonda and Fultonville.

The plant was the subject of DEC scrutiny in 2011 over suspended solids making it through the plant and into the river. The DEC gave local officials six months to come up with a plan to fix that issue and waive $15,000 of a $20,000 fine.

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