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Environmental experts weigh in on the Harlem sewage spill, calling it "calamitous" and "devastating" but warning that spilled raw sewage is a continuous problem. Yikes! Hudson River Program Director Phillip Musegaas warns, ""Every time there is more than half an inch of rain there is sewage sent into the Hudson River," with Department of Environmental Protection rounding a total annual figure of "800 million gallons of untreated sewage and polluted runoff" coming from the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant alone. After the initial fire there last Friday morning, another fire on Saturday spilled an estimated 15 to 20 million gallons of sewage into the Hudson until it was stopped again at 3:30 p.m. [DNAInfo]