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Sewage Releases Into Connecticut River Raise Concerns


There have been two reported accidental releases recently of raw sewage into the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

An estimated 90,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released into the river Monday because of an equipment malfunction, according to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

Last month, a hose broke at a pump station in the town of South Hadley resulting in more than 280,000 gallons of raw sewage going into the river.

A bill has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature that would require sewage system operators to make a timely public notification when a discharge occurs.  The notices would be issued online, sent through email and text messages to people who have signed up, and distributed to news organizations and local and state authorities.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Conservancy.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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