The Governor's proposal also provides $500,000 to expedite two engineering studies that are evaluating both the plant's discharges and treatment systems, which are required by the new consent order with the Niagara Falls Water Board.
This funding will help expedite these much-needed fixes, and help the Niagara Falls Water Board modernize its wastewater system.
The Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is managed by the Niagara Falls Water Board, was constructed in the 1970s and currently serves approximately 52,000 people.
Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to take a series of actions to hold the Niagara Falls Water Board accountable and protect water quality.
This comes a result of the investigation ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo following the July 29 incident, which found that the Niagara Falls Water Board has not properly maintained equipment nor adequately trained workers, and generally failed to follow appropriate protocols.
Polluting one of world's greatest wonders is completely intolerable and unacceptable, and this action today will hold the Niagara Falls Water Board accountable, require them to clean up their practices and protect the economically important Niagara River," Governor Cuomo said.
Based on the findings, Governor Cuomo is directing DEC to bring legal action against the Niagara Falls Water Board for violations of water quality standards due to its mismanagement of the plant's operations which lead to the human errors that caused the discharge.
Once executed, this agreement will solidify important steps to improve plant operations to prevent future discharges from occurring and we urge the Niagara Falls Water Board to quickly sign this Order.