Ulster County Hein on NYC DEP Turbid Dirty Water - Daily Hudson Valley News

Ulster County Hein on NYC DEP Turbid Dirty Water

Jul 18th, 2012 | By | Category: OP ED

The abuse of Ulster County by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is Mayor Bloomberg’s “dirty little secret.”  It is obvious that he cares more about 16 ounce sodas in New York City than he does about the 600 million gallons of highly turbid dirty water he allowed to be dumped on the people of our community for hundreds of days, including every day for almost 4 months straight.

And just as bad, in an attempt to distract from the abuse of our environment, our economy and our people, DEP officials continue to stress the jobs they provide while failing to mention the thousands of jobs they may have cost us with their crushing regulations. And DEP officials talk about the taxes they pay without discussing the armies of lawyers they have at their disposal to push large portions of New York City’s tax burden on Ulster County taxpayers.

Attached to this statement are two letters from the Ulster County Attorney regarding Ulster County’s comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the proposed Consent Order.  Phase One of Ulster County’s comments, communicated last week to the DEC, concerned the impact to property owners along the Lower Esopus and this current document, Phase Two, includes Ulster County’s legal concerns.

Also attached are the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) comments.    In agreement with the County’s position, the EPA recommends that DEC stop releasing turbid water to the Lower Esopus, except for flood mitigation purposes, and that the DEP complete a full alternatives analysis.

We are asking the DEC to stand tall, to dramatically change the Consent Order, to do what is right and put an end to 107 years of abuse of Ulster County by the DEP.

Mike Hein
Ulster County Executive

Ulster County Executive Hein with Ulster County Department for the Environment Coordinator Amanda LaValle and Riverkeeper’s Kate Hudson at Press Conference on the Proposed Consent Order at the Saugerties Beach

 

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