New York City beaches suffer sewage discharge

July 26, 2011 | Environment
Pollution in New York: surfers will be here in September

Health advisories were issued for four beaches in New York City last week after a fire at a sewage treatment plant resulted in the discharge of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River, according to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The spill occurred when one of five pumps at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caught fire, and took firefighters four hours to get under control.

During that time, the plant stopped treating the 120 million gallons of sewage it handles on a daily basis and diverted it instead to 56 pipes that empty into the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. It is reported that over 200 million gallons of raw sewage leaked into the rivers.

The Quiksilver Pro New York is the first-ever ASP World Championship Tour stop on the East Coast of the United States. Long Beach is the venue chosen for the contest to be held from 1-15th September 2011.

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