Originally posted on CBS New York:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut.
That’s according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says 11 billion gallons is equivalent to having Central Park covered with sewage 41 feet high or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Most of the overflow was due to storm-surge flooding that inundated sewage treatment facilities. The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey.
The study found one-third of the spilled sewage was untreated. Ninety-four percent was due to coastal flooding damage.
The group found that in some cases, untreated sewage kept flowing into waterways for weeks and even months because a number of treatment plants and…
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