2008-06-06 / Top Stories

Faulty Switch Causes RP Stink

By Howard Schwach

An errant electrical switch at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant caused a large stink in Rockaway Park on Monday. An errant electrical switch at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant caused a large stink in Rockaway Park on Monday. A faulty electrical switch at the New York City Wastewater Treatment Plant at Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive created a literal stink all over the neighborhood, officials of the city's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said on Tuesday.

Locals say that the stench coming from the plant was bothersome on Sunday and unbearable by Monday afternoon.

"It's a mix of rotten eggs and feces," one caller, from 105-00 Shore Front Parkway, said on Monday afternoon.

In all, The Wave received more than a dozen calls, and a spokesperson for the city said that two dozen more were called in to the 311 complaint system.

What caused the great smell?

A spokesperson for the DEP said, "We had an electrical switch problem that allowed the water in the holding tanks to become stagnant early in the weekend."

The spokesperson said that the tanks were cleaned on Monday and that the odors were "mostly dissipated by Monday evening."

"We got in touch with Community Board 14, local civic leaders and politicians," the spokesperson added. "We got it cleaned up as soon as we could.

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