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75,000 gallons of sewage did not spill into Patapsco as reported

Sewage filled overflow area and never left pumping station area

By Brian Conlin, bconlin@patuxent.com

12:55 PM EDT, July 3, 2012

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The Baltimore County Department of Public Works has retracted a report it sent out Saturday about a 75,000-gallon sewage spill at the Frederick Road Sewage Pumping Station.

Power did go out at the facility at midnight on June 30 and an overflow did begin an hour later, said Department of Public Works spokesman David Fidler.

But the spill went to an area designed to hold overflow, Fidler said Tuesday.

When the pumps turned on at 4 a.m., they sucked up the overflow and reintroduced it to the station's system, Fidler said.

"It did not escape beyond the station precinct," Fidler said, noting Baltimore County had no sewage overflows after the storm.

Fidler said the original report was based on readings the department had taken of the system, but did not account for the overflow area, which was created by a contractor working on the facility.

The original release stated that overflow discharge flowed into the Patapsco River and the Baltimore County Department of Public Health warned against making direct contact with the water.

Fidler said "not a bit" of sewage made it to the Patapsco River.

As of 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, the Department of Public Health still had a water contact alert in effect, however.

This story has been updated.