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Ridgewood pays $25K fine issued by DEP

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Ridgewood pays $25K fine issued by DEP

MARCH 26, 2014    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014, 1:28 PM

Ridgewood has signed an administrative consent order (ACO) handed down by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which cited the municipality last year for improperly discharging water from Graydon Pool into the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook. As part of the ACO, the village has agreed to pay the $25,000 fine linked to the infractions.

On two occasions last May, DEP representatives observed the village pumping water from the pool and into the nearby Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, a practice that Ridgewood employees said they have done for many years. Environmental officials noted that the discharge contained mud and other sediment, a violation of the Water Pollution Control Act.

Ridgewood engineering officials last fall explained that the first few minutes of flow from Graydon’s pumps are usually “quite turbid,” and that initial discharge was what led to the initial DEP citation. The DEP initially levied a $50,000 fine to the village, but appeals filed by Ridgewood cut the amount in half.

“We did try through various channels, but unfortunately they can’t reduce it more than 50 percent,” acting Village Manager Heather Mailander explained earlier this month.

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