FEMA denies nearly $700 million in funds for new wastewater pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

State and county officials wanted to replace the outflow pipe in the Reynolds Channel with a new pipe that would filter out into the ocean. ater pipe. (5/29/14)

EAST ROCKAWAY - FEMA has denied nearly $700 million in funds that would pay for a new wastewater pipe at the Sandy-damaged Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

State and county officials wanted to replace the outflow pipe in the Reynolds Channel with a new pipe that would filter out into the ocean.

Earlier this month, FEMA officials informed the state Department of Environmental Conservation that the pipe was not eligible for federal assistance.

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Legislator Dave Denenberg says the reason FEMA declined to fund the project is because the county failed to complete plant upgrades and nitrogen removal projects before Superstorm Sandy hit.

FEMA has already awarded the county $810 million to rebuild other facets of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

A spokesperson for County Executive Ed Mangano says that the county was never notified that the FEMA request was denied. The county will now seek out multiple sources of funds on both the federal and state level to complete the project.

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