2007: Original Consent Order

ConsentOrder_Saquoit Street Pumping
In July 2007, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Oneida County executed an Order on Consent that required the County to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) from its Sauquoit Creek Pump Station by October 31, 2014.

The Consent Order settled an enforcement action that had been brought by NYSDEC against the County. Had the County failed to agree to that Consent Order, it would have been liable for a penalty of up to $37,500 per violation, per day plus, injunctive relief. By agreeing to the terms, it would instead pay a civil penalty of $150,000 and complete required repairs and remediation according to a specific schedule and timetable mandated by the state.

The execution of the Consent Order was the culmination of six months of settlement negotiations with the NYSDEC.  Although the County believed it had meritorious defenses to the NYSDEC action, it chose to settle the matter expeditiously in order to provide a long-term solution for wet weather discharges into the river, and to provide an immediate mechanism to allow development to continue throughout the Sauquoit Creek Pumping Station service area while these remediation projects were underway.

2011: Consent Order is Revised

Even after agreeing to the original Consent Order, the County continued to work diligently with the NYSDEC to establish a more realistic timeframe for this project. As a result, the consent order was modified in 2011 to permit the County until December 21, 2021 to remove SSOs from occurring at the Sauquoit Creek Pump Station.

This was a significant step forward for the project, as it importantly reflected the County’s efforts to identify the causes of the overflows, the solutions to the defects in the sewage conveyance system, and a plan to coordinate the work to be done. This new deadline provided a more realistic timeframe to systematically complete the extensive but necessary repairs.

Helpful Documents

Revised 2011 Consent Order

Sewer Overflow Response Plan