PRISON GUSHES SEWAGE… SOME SEEPS INTO SARANAC RIVER

On Sunday, September 1st, the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook reported a sewage spill to the DEC. A blockage in the sewer line leading from the prison to the Saranac Lake wastewater treatment plant shut down all plumbing at the prison, leaving inmates and staff only able to use portable toilets. As that was being worked on, a pipe burst and released an estimated 5,000 gallons of raw sewage on Pine Street in Saranac Lake. It was stopped in about 20 minutes, but not before an unknown amount of sewage spilled down storm drains… some of it making its way into the Saranac River. The environmental impact from the spill was deemed minimal due to the amount of rain that fell prior to the spill and the high levels of water in the stream.