Eight people have been arrested for dumping untreated human waste and restaurant grease into Shell Bank Creek in Sheepshead Bay, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’s office announced Wednesday. The businesses and their managers face charges punishable with fines of $75,000 per day of violation and up to three years’ imprisonment, Mr. Hynes’s office said. (Image: NBC News)
Four people and four businesses at a Brooklyn shopping center face criminal charges over the dumping of raw sewage and restaurant grease into Shell Bank Creek in Sheepshead Bay, home to bluefish, crab, striped bass and other fish, in addition to a marina, according to the New York Times.
The Kings County district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, and state and city environmental officials said Wednesday that complaints from residents about sewage and grease in the creek led investigators to a nearby shopping center where businesses maintain their own septic pipes, which connect to a city sewage treatment center and run along the creek’s bank.
One business, a Regal Cinemas multiplex movie theater, had been served notices from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection beginning in 2003 that its sewer lines leaked and needed repairs, officials said.
Investigators used green dye to trace discharges and found that, despite the notices, the officials said, fecal matter and toilet paper from the movie theater’s septic system showed up in the creek as recently as this year.