The city has recovered $606 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to pay for costs associated with an investigation of industrial waste illegally dumped at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The two companies involved, Rose Pressure Wash of Buffalo and Moench Tanning Co. of Gowanda, were fined $2,500 each for the incident in February 1994, according to Department of Public Works Director Randy Woodbury.
The dumping incident was discussed for the first time at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting.
Woodbury said Rose Pressure Wash, a trucking firm, previously had brought septic tank waste to Dunkirk for treatment and a load brought that February was represented as septic tank waste, but was industrial waste from the Moench Tanning Co. in Gowanda.
At all times the plant was in compliance with its discharge permit into Lake Erie, Woodbury stated.