51,000 gallons of sewage spill into bay

November 7, 2008 7:11:12 AM PST
An equipment failure at a Long Island treatment plant caused some raw sewage to spill into a bay where shellfish beds were recently reopened.About 51,000 gallons of raw sewage were released early Thursday morning from Nassau County's Cedar Creek sewage plant in Wantagh.

County engineers say most of the sewage was capture by drains inside the plant. But they say one drain was clogged, causing the sewage to spill over into local waters.

The county public works commissioner says the amount of sewage that reached the waters "is probably not significant enough to have any impact."

The Department of Environmental Conservation has closed the bay's shellfish beds between the Meadowbrook and Wantagh parkways.

The beds are scheduled to reopen Nov. 13.

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