In Great Neck, they're still trying to figure out how to meet their obligation to upgrade sewage treatment plants, which they are required to do under the state- and federally-approved plan to clean up Long Island Sound. Do they consolidate two existing treatment plants and upgrade to reach the 58.5 percent nitrogen removal goal, or do they close the plants down and divert the sewage to the south shore, thereby achieving almost 100 percent nitrogen removal.
I had written here that it seemed as if the consolidate-and-upgrade plan was the preferred option. But this Newsday story makes it seem as if diversion is still alive, which perhaps could lead to a nitrogen trading program that might help Westchester County solve its big nitrogen removal problem.
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