Environmental group gives warnings on leaking sewer problems

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Almost 2,700 sewers overflowed into waterways in NY in just two years. This is according to a new report from “Environmental Advocates of New York”.

The group said that number may actually be greater because of poor reporting.

“Without regulations, this is stuff that’s largely voluntary, and DEC has also been unclear about who really needs to do this reporting and the proposed regulations.  Not every community needs to report, and we just fundamentally disagree with that,” said Elizabeth Moran of the Environmental Advocates of New York.

They said funding the DEC must be increased to enforce the law and finalize regulations to provide standard reporting requirements.

A 2014 report from the state comptroller’s office found there was an $800 million annual funding gap for sewage infrastructure needs across NY.

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