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Sewage Flows into Hudson River in a Torrent

and then set up a 200-foot bypass using pressurized steel pipes to get the line reconnected.

The discharge was stopped about 10 a.m. Sunday. Now county officials must determine how stable the hillside is and what will be needed to bolster it enough to insert new concrete pipe.

"There's going to be a lot of work just getting the site prepared," Mike Facelle, Westchester County's director of maintenance said yesterday as he supervised the excavation work. "This is a big job, probably the most serious that I've seen."

Facelle estimated that the repairs could take the better part of the month.

He said an engineer was expected to survey the damage soon and that the state Department of Environmental Conservation was expected at the site today, to assess impact on the habitat.

"It's a delicate ecosystem," said Maureen Wren, a DEC spokeswoman. "We'll be monitoring it to see what kind of remediation is necessary."

The Hudson River is the thirty-third most polluted river in the United States. Contaminants such as PCB's (Polychlorinated biphenyl's) and DDT are present in the Hudson River. It has been declared as a superfund site.

Superfund sites are the nation's worst toxic waste sites and massive clean-up programmes have been organized. About 11 million people in the U.S., including 3-4 million children, live within 1 mile of a federal Superfund site and confront potential public health risks, estimates say.

PCB's and DDT can be very harmful to humans, especially pregnant woman. If pregnant woman eat a large amount of contaminated fish from the Hudson River their children are more likely to be born with birth defects. These contaminants are also known to cause damage to the nervous system, immune system, and the reproductive system.

These contaminants are very dangerous to the surrounding areas because the Hudson River is a very important source of drinking water for much if
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