BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Crushed Stone has been issued a Notice of Violation by the State Department of Environmental Conservation for an unlawful discharge into Ellicott Creek.
Last month News 4 reported a cloudy section of the creek that ran through part of Lancaster. Some who live along the creek said the pollution and discoloration of the water was keeping wildlife away.
The DEC’s investigation found that the discharge had caused “increased turbidity…and a substantial visible contrast to natural conditions in Ellicott Creek.”
DEC investigators say the company most now monitor discharge water daily and log the findings. In addition, the company must implement new procedures and certify that changes were made.
According to the findings, “a pump used for quarry dewatering was the cause of the discharge.” Buffalo Crushed Stone had been mining the bottom layer of limestone in the quarry at the time.
The DEC says the company has stopped using the pump and reports that the company will “no longer pursue the bottom 9 ft layer of limestone to eliminate recurrence of this incident.”