Yonkers, NY (CBSNew York) – smells something yonkers.
Now local leaders are asking the Biden administration for millions of dollars to address odor issues at a wastewater treatment plant.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, Ludlow Park is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Yonkers, with homes selling for upwards of $600,000. But when the wind blows from the west, there is a downside.
“The biggest downside is the smell coming from the wastewater treatment plant,” said Ludlow Park resident Chris Canty.
“At least three times a week, the night usually smells like gas, you know? It smells great around here,” said resident Flor Guzman.
Gas, such as methane gas, and other unpleasant odors from the massive wastewater treatment plant down the hill on the Hudson River.
In recent years, Westchester County has spent big money on odor treatment projects at the plant: nearly $40 million. And there are some signs it might help. Records show that in the first three months of 2021, there were only two complaints regarding foul smell.
The county believes more needs to be done to remove the odor and is dealing with Representative Jamal Bowman On a federal grant — another $70 million — to modernize plant operations.
“And in the act of modernization. We take a major step toward limiting odor control as well as George Latimere.
“Capping” means putting a cover on the treatment pool to prevent odors from getting into residential neighborhoods.
“Although we think that sometimes it’s better, then all of a sudden, you wake up one day, you come out and you can smell it again. I think all that else can be done is to be done.” should,” said Canty.
More than $100 million to control odor is nothing to smell like, but supporters say modernizing the plant is important to protect the Hudson and promote responsible river access and development.
When the Feds open the spigot for infrastructure spending, Westchester wants some of the influx of cash to land there.
The Yonkers plant is one of six in Westchester County, and by far the largest, serving approximately 500,000 residents and treating wastewater from as far north as Chappaqua.
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