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Cuomo and Schneiderman: New York waters are not dumping grounds

Staff Writer | August 17, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that New York State has filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Long Island Sound
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They are challenging EPA's decision to designate a permanent open water disposal site in eastern Long Island Sound for tens of millions of cubic yards of dredged sediments.

The EPA's site designation violates the Ocean Dumping Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

"We will continue to do everything in our power to protect New York's environment, and with the EPA's unfathomable and destructive decision to turn the eastern Long Island Sound into a dumping ground - now is the time for action," Governor Cuomo said.

"We will establish that this designation not only poses a major threat to a significant commercial and recreational resource, but that it also undermines New York's long-standing efforts to end dumping in our treasured waters."

"Our waters are not dumping grounds. EPA's first job is to protect our natural resources - yet by designating this unneeded disposal site, EPA is allowing huge amounts of dredged waste to be poured into yet another area of the Long Island Sound. That's unacceptable," said Attorney General Schneiderman.

"We won't hesitate to act when the federal government fails to uphold its obligation to protect New Yorkers' health and environment."

In August 2016, the Governor announced New York's intention to fight the EPA's designation of the eastern Long Island Sound disposal site because of its adverse effects to the waterway.

Subsequently, the New York Department of State objected the EPA's proposed site designation as being inconsistent with the Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program policies.

In December 2016, New York State filed a Notice of Intent to Sue immediately after the EPA finalized its designation.