AVON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is turning up the pressure on local industries to further restrict any possible release of chemicals into the Genesee River watershed.
Bill Davis with MRB engineering told the Village Board at their meeting Monday night that neither Kraft nor Barilla have had significant problems with contamination, and that the new local requirements are due to stricter policies on the statewide and federal level from the DEC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“This is really nothing that is going to concern Barilla, they are not violating the new regulation even as it stands,” said Davis. “For Kraft, there are already limits on their chemicals. They will probably be required to establish a frequency for cleaning their clarifier tank. Worst case scenario is they would have to put some kind of treatment in place.”
Davis said that among other chemicals, the DEC is requiring that lower levels of FOG chemicals (fats, oils, and greases) enter the river.
“I guess this is more of a partnership with the water treatment plant,” said Avon Mayor Thomas Freeman, “and by decree of the DEC we are now involved in this process.”
Davis said that Avon is the first municipality in the Genesee River basin to be affected by these new regulations.