By summer Mr. Schultz hopes to have settled on and won Federal approval for interim and long-term plans for future sludge disposal.
Next to Sickla Kanal is a subterranean plant used to treat sludge disposal.
That policy was aimed at protecting the marine environment from contamination, but it will shift the risks of sludge disposal to land.
These proposals were the result of a joint initiative with Westchester County to find alternatives for sludge disposal at off-site locations.
The sludge disposal is a problem here too.
One More Clash The nine jurisdictions were forced to come up with plans for the sludge disposal in 1988 when Congress banned dumping sludge in the ocean.
Unlike other counties wrestling with sludge disposal, however, Westchester County does have somewhere else to go.
The Federal Government ordered the county to develop a long-term plan for its sludge disposal after a law in 1988 banned the dumping of sludge in the ocean.
To comply with the consent decree, the county developed an interim solution for sludge disposal, for the four-year period when the ban on ocean dumping goes into effect in January 1992.
A preliminary study favored the more conventional incineration method of sludge disposal, a process officials said would require less space, take less time and produce less volume than composting.