Milford resident says storm drain sludge is destroying local wetland

In Milford, the topic of storm drain sludge and street sweeping continues to be of concern, as one resident says the sludge is destroying a local wetland. Alderman Lloyd Fleming (D) claims sludge from the City of Milford catch basin was dumped on a wetland back in July 2003, and that contaminants such as anti-freeze, oil and gas have likely been leaking into the Long Island Sound. Fleming says, "Anything that's on the road is in the storm drain."The wetlands area has apparently since been cleaned up, and the Department of Environmental Protection in now monitoring the situation. Recently, News 12 Connecticut ran a story about street sweeping and the storm drain sludge being used as fill in the community, which had caused concern with residents. Milford Mayor Jim Richetelli (R) says that both issues are being looked into by the DEP, which should make recommendations as to how the sludge should be disposed of. The mayor says the city won't dispose of the material until the DEP sets guidelines, but it could be a number of weeks before the DEP lets the city know what to do.

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