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For immediate release:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
For more information contact:
Jordan Christensen, Program Coordinator, 914-358-9840, 516-225-3923 (mobile), jchristensen@citizenscampaign.org


Cce Applauds Legislators for Demanding All the Facts Before State Rushes Ahead with Ill-conceived Desalination Plant


New City, NY – Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is commending the Rockland County Legislature for voting tonight to pass two critical resolutions pertaining to United Water’s proposed desalination plant in Haverstraw Bay. Throughout the review process for this proposal, United Water has not supplied residents or elected officials with inaccurate or outdated information on their plan. One resolution urges the Public Service Commission (PSC) to reevaluate the need for the desalination plant. The other resolution urges the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold an Issues Conference, which allows the public and stakeholders an opportunity to identify the substantial flaws in United Water’s proposal that must be addressed.
“Rockland’s elected officials and the public deserve all the facts before any decision on this desalination plant is made,” said Jordan Christensen, Hudson Valley Program Coordinator. “These resolutions simply aim to give the public a voice during this process, and to demand that the decision on desalination is made on facts, good science, and public need.”
Independent analysis has shown that Rockland County has healthier groundwater and more opportunities for conservation than previously believed. There is evidence that United Water’s analysis of the cost to ratepayers and the environmental impacts associated with desalination is flawed as well. All of this information must be considered before the DEC, PSC, and ultimately, Governor Cuomo make a decision.
Over the past 4 years, CCE has collected 20,000 signatures and thousands of personalized letters from community members throughout the county opposing United Water’s proposal. Rockland residents have continually expressed concern over increased monthly rates, intensive energy use, destruction of local fisheries, increased flooding and overdevelopment, and public health risks associated with Indian Point’s proximity to the proposed drinking water source.
“The decision that Governor Cuomo makes about Rockland County’s drinking water will impact the daily lives of Rockland residents for generations to come. Rockland residents have argued that desalination is too costly, unnecessary, and damaging to the ecosystem; and they deserve to have these concerns addressed,” concluded Christensen.





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updated by jchristensen  10/17/12