- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says he’ll fight to make sure $70 million in funding for a new wastewater treatment plant at West Point stays in President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/18NlLvD ) the New York Democrat announced this week that the proposed funding was included in the spending plan that Congress will consider.

The money would be used to replace the U.S. Military Academy’s aging sewage plant, built in 1956 and upgraded 16 years later.

Within a three-week span in early 2013, more than 700,000 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged from West Point’s wastewater treatment system into the Hudson River and one of its tributaries.

The plant is currently under a consent order with New York state to correct its problems.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com

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