The Cuomo Administration’s attempt to raid federal Clean Water Act funds to pay for bridge construction was appropriately rejected.
For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014
Travis Proulx: 518-462-5526 x238 or [email protected]
Feds Claw Back Clean Water Raid
Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz
“The Cuomo Administration’s attempt to raid federal Clean Water Act funds to pay for bridge construction was appropriately rejected. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the responsibility to call ‘balls and strikes’ when states seek to divert federal funds away from their intended purpose, and that is what happened. We applaud the EPA for undertaking a very deliberative review and rightfully determining – despite intense pressure – that Clean Water Act funds cannot pay for construction of the New New York Bridge.
There are enormous needs across the state for clean water upgrades and now is the time for Governor Cuomo to direct administration resources to help communities access these funds to keep our waterways clean and healthy.”