23 Jul '11, 7pm

Sewage Plant Fire Befouls NY's Hudson and Harlem Rivers - Care2.com (blog)

Sewage Plant Fire Befouls NY's Hudson and Harlem Rivers - Care2.com (blog)

The timing could not have been more “serendipitous,” using that word with a properly heavy dose of East Coast irony, if not sarcasm. The night of the day before the “heat bubble ” was predicted to burst upon New York City on Friday with record-setting three-digit temperatures, a crucial pump engine in a sewage treatment plant caught fire. This happened Wednesday night and plant managers had no choice but to divert tons of raw sewage from the city into emergency pipes that go directly into the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. In other words a massive amount of, well, malodorous sludge poured into the rivers adjacent to New York City, resulting in the closure of four beaches (in Brooklyn and Staten Island) and both rivers. As a result, on a hottest-ever 104 degree day , city residents were barred from a major crucial means of cooling off. The Herculean, or rather Augean — Augeas be...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/sewage-plant-fire-befouls-nys...

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