Monday, April 17, 2017

EPA Continuing To Allow Springfield Pollution Into Connecticut River And Long Island Sound

Schimmel said water samples taken last week indicate that 280,000 pounds of nitrogen a day is flowing past Springfield from pollution sources upstream. He said Springfield's sewer system "on a bad day" only releases about 2,000 pounds of nitrogen a day into the river. Activists warn that nitrogen-heavy pollution from sewage systems in Massachusetts runs down river into Long Island Sound and are a major reason why large sections of the Sound end up as summer "dead zones" where there's not enough oxygen for marine life to survive.

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