24 Jan '12, 2pm

Court Finds New York State's Program to Stem Biggest Source of Water Pollution Too Lax read more here:

NYC compliance schedule for reducing combined sewer overflows: In the MS4 permit case, the court squarely rejected DEC’s contention that “compliance schedules” to meet water quality standards are optional in permits. But, in a separate proceeding, DEC continues to resist calls -- from NRDC and our coalition partners, as well as from the U.S. EPA -- to include, in New York City’s Clean Water Act permits, a compliance schedule for reducing combined sewer overflows that foul local waterways with 30 billion gallons of untreated sewage and polluted runoff annually. A DEC decision on the New York City matter appears imminent, and the agency should heed the judgment of the court in the MS4 permit case. (Indeed, in another NRDC case decided last year, which specifically concerned the NYC permits, a state court in Manhattan found that the city’s permits must incorporate compliance ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/llevine/court_finds_new...

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