Neighbors: Sewer smell from Camp Rav Tov is unbearable

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A Hudson Valley summer camp for Orthodox yeshiva students is being monitored by the state after complaints by neighbors about raw sewage.

Camp Rav Tov, on Cherrytown Road in Kerhonkson, has been plagued by sewer concerns since last year when neighbors say problems with the camp's leach field began. The leach field is also where its solar panels are located.

At its worst, neighbors say the sewer smell in the summertime is unbearable.

"Smells like somebody pooped in your toilet two weeks ago and left it there," said one neighbor.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it has conducted joint monitoring of the camp with the Ulster County Health Department since last year. It said that a problem with Rav Tov's private sewer system was found last year and is now ongoing due to "inadequate maintenance."

Neighbors told News 12 that they are not sure the problem is being corrected.

News 12 tried to speak to someone at the camp for comment but was asked to leave

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