Human Waste Still Spewing Into NY Harbor Post-Sandy

Repairs still not complete at NJ sewage plant

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 16, 2012 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Just when you thought Hurricane Sandy stories couldn't get any worse: The nation's fifth-largest sewage treatment plant, located in Newark, still hasn't been fully repaired after being hit by a 12-foot wave during the storm. So 18 days later, it continues to pump millions of gallons of partially treated human waste daily into New York Harbor, close to the Statue of Liberty, reports NBC New York. There is still no target date when the sewage plant might be fully operational again, with a senior official saying only "ASAP."

In less depressing Sandy news, the scrap wood from storm-damaged Rockaway Beach Boardwalk is proving quite valuable for salvagers—a block-long section of boardwalk wood could fetch up to $250,000, reports New York. And one New Jersey woman found a collection of love letters that are more than 60 years old on the beach, reports Fox News. "It's magical. This can't be real," said a niece of the woman who wrote the letters.

Hundreds of feet from the beach, a large section of the boardwalk is entangled with vehicles in the Rockaway Park section of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Hundreds of feet from the beach, a large section of the boardwalk is entangled with vehicles in the Rockaway Park section of the borough of Queens, New York, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm...   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
This aerial photo of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, shows the New York skyline and harbor. A New Jersey sewage plant continues to pump semi-processed waste into the water.
This aerial photo of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, shows the New York skyline and harbor. A New Jersey sewage plant continues to pump semi-processed waste into the water.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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