08-05-2017, 04:15 AM,
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[quote]After an inky, foul-smelling discharge blackened the water near the base of Niagara Falls during a busy tourist weekend, several U.S. lawmakers are calling for the resignation of the board that runs the wastewater treatment plant on the American side of the river. 
A preliminary report of the discharge, posted to an online database by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), lists the cause of the spill as "equipment failure," CBC News has learned. 
The material discharged is listed in the report as "raw sewage" and a previous statement by the Niagara Falls Water Board clarified that the "inky water" was the result of residue from black carbon filters used to clean the water.
However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and several New York legislators suggest that "criminal charges" may be warranted from the "potentially serious" incident.
The water board for the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y. had originally said that Saturday's discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins.
Cuomo said "the original version of, 'Well, we did this and this was pursuant to a (Department of Environmental Conservation) permit,' I don't believe is true."


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