Environmental Advocates Says New York is Violating the Clean Water Act
Environmental Advocates, a group based in
The problem seems to be that the Department of Environmental Conservation has been so short-staffed, that it made a decision to review only a relatively small number of sewage treatment plants and other facilities that have wastewater discharge permits. From the report:
... more than 1,150 facilities around the state have not undergone the required technical review of their pollution discharges for more than a decade, in clear violation of the federal Clean Water Act. This is approximately 80 percent of the largest and most significant pollution sources in
According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2002 Water Assessment Data, in
Environmental Advocates investigations indicate that even facilities that are under consent orders to improve their performance are allowed to escape scrutiny by the DEC. Facilities that the DEC knows are causing or contributing to violations of state water quality standards also are apparently escaping proper oversight.
The DEC is aware of the issue but disagrees with the report's characterization of its permit process as "illegal," agency spokeswoman Maureen Wren said in an e-mail. The report noted the agency is reviewing its procedures and adding more enforcement staff, she said.
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