GENESEO – The Village of Geneseo may be spared from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s locally notorious phosphorus decontamination requirements.
If the DEC requires the Village to make phosphorus decontamination upgrades to its wastewater treatment facility, the Village would need to borrow $6 million to do so. Trustee Matt Cook passed along informal correspondence from the DEC at Monday night’s Village Board meeting.
“The DEC Albany engineer has determined that we won’t need to make the phosphorus upgrades,” said Cook. “That’s going to save us around 6 million.”
Mayor Richard Hatheway pointed out that this is informal correspondence and the DEC’s position could change at any time.
On Monday, the Board still voted unanimously to allow the Village to borrow the $6 million, in case the DEC’s stance changes.
The DEC’s decontamination requirements have caused great costs in wastewater treatment projects for the Villages of Dansville and Avon. Licensing associated with phosphorus decontamination lasts five years, so formal notice from the DEC saying that the Village does not have to decontaminate phosphorus would mean that they will not have to do so for the next five years.