Accidental wastewater spill enters Keuka Outlet

An accidental spill from the Penn Yan Wastewater Treatment Plant Aug. 24 resulted in about 35,000 gallons of treated sludge entering the Keuka Outlet.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the state Department of Health responded to the spill and worked with local officials to contain the spill.

The Department of Health, working with local health officials, has determined no public drinking water systems have been affected by the spill and will closely monitor area systems to ensure drinking water is not impacted.

While initial reports reveal operator error, the DEC is launching a full investigation into the incident.

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