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Congressman Higgins asks EPA to investigate Niagara River discharge

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 10:43:34-04

Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to launch a full investigation into the sewer discharge into the Niagara Falls River on July 29th.

Higgins supports the review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “While I have full confidence in the DEC, given the importance of this water body and its international nature, I write today to request that the EPA investigate this discharge as well to determine if there was any violation of the Clean Water Act of 1972 (as amended), its associated regulations, or the United States’ obligations under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 or subsequent international agreements," wrote Higgins in his letter to the EPA.

On July 29th, the Niagara Water Board says they released the discharge as a "short term change in the waste water treatment process."

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate the wastewater discharge.