Black Niagara Falls Water Prompts Calls for Criminal Probe

Local lawmakers are asking for a criminal investigation into the discharge of wastewater that turned the water below Niagara Falls black.

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Local lawmakers are asking for a criminal investigation into the discharge of wastewater that turned the water below Niagara Falls black.
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The Niagara County Legislature passed resolutions Thursday night that request investigations by the New York state attorney general, the Niagara County district attorney and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
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The legislators want the agencies to probe the July 29 discharge that turned the water near the base of the falls black on a sunny day when the area was crowded with tourists.
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The Niagara Falls Water Board says workers at the local wastewater treatment plant let a pump run for too long while emptying a sedimentation basin. The basin contained residue from the cleaning of carbon filters at the plant.
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