Environmental Conservation Law Section 17-1701
Definition of sewage
- discharge of sewage and other matter into certain waters prohibited
1.For the purposes of this title sewage shall be defined as any substance, solid or liquid that contains any of the waste products or excrementitious or other wastes or washings from the bodies of human beings or animals.
2.No person, corporation or municipality, shall place or cause to be placed, or discharged or cause to be discharged into any of the waters of this state, in quantities injurious to the public health, or in violation of standards, criteria, limitations, rules or regulations promulgated or applied pursuant hereto, any sewage, garbage, offal, or any decomposable or putrescible matter of any kind or the effluent from any sewage disposal plant, or any substance, chemical or otherwise, or any refuse or waste matter, either solid or liquid, from any sewer or drainage system or from any shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment; unless express permission to do so shall have been first given in writing by the commissioner as provided in this article, except as hereinafter provided.
3.This section shall not prevent the discharge of sewage from any public sewer system owned and maintained by a municipality until an order prohibiting same shall be made as hereinafter provided, or the discharge of refuse or waste matter from any shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment, if such sewer system was in operation and was discharging sewage, or such shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment was in operation and discharging refuse or waste matter, into any of the waters of this state on or prior to May 7, 1903, and such municipality or the proprietor of such shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment secured exemption from this section by filing a report with the commissioner in accordance with law, nor to any extension or modification of such shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment, or reconstruction thereof, provided the refuse or waste matter discharged therefrom is not materially changed or increased; but this exception shall not permit any increase in the discharge of such sewage, or in the discharge of refuse or waste matter from any shop, factory, mill or industrial establishment, nor shall it permit the discharge of sewage from a sewer system which shall be extended, modified or reconstructed subsequent to said date. * NB Expired September 1, 1973
Section 17-1701 — Definition of sewage; discharge of sewage and other matter into certain waters prohibited,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/ENV/17-1701 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).