Josh RultenbergAug 9, 2017, 11:06 am

Port Chester to repair village’s sewers as part of deal with LI Sound environmental groups

10 other Westchester municipalities will conduct study of sewage systems under agreement

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A deal between some environmental groups and the Village of Port Chester will keep the Long Island Sound safe from pollution.

The agreement Port Chester made with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Soundkeeper Incorporated and Atlantic Clam Farms of Connecticut Incorporated is forcing them to make repairs to its sewage system by the end of 2019.

The Connecticut Fund, also known as Save the Sound, filed the federal suit back in 2015. Its legal director said he is pleased the two sides could come to an agreement and make repairs in a timely manner.

The case also names 10 other municipalities in Westchester County. However, Port Chester is the first to settle. So far, all the other 10 have agreed to do a study of their systems within a certain time frame.

For the last five years, the Village of Port Chester has been under an administrative order from the Environmental Protection Agency requiring certain sewage repairs.

In 2013, officials began a five-year $15 million sewer upgrade project which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Some communities such as Mamaroneck and New Rochelle have done studies on what repairs are feasible, while others like Rye Brook and Rye are still investigating its options.

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