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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

EPA DENIES TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE LOANS

Buffalo, NY—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to New York State officials today, denying most of the proposed loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to assist in demolishing the Tappan Zee Bridge, and construction of the New New York Bridge. The rejected projects totaled $481.8 million, while those accepted totaled just $29.1 million.

In response, Brian Smith, CCE Associate Executive Director said:

“Since its inception, the CWSRF’s intended purpose has always been to protect water quality. New York’s proposal to raid the fund not only threatens efforts to protect clean water now, but the integrity of the fund into the future. Citizens Campaign for the Environment applauds the EPA for their thoughtful review of this ill-conceived proposal, and for rightfully preventing the misuse of funds intended to protect clean water.

From the Great Lakes to the Long Island Sound, communities are struggling with aging and failing sewage infrastructure that threatens public health, clean water, and local economies. It is conservatively estimated that throughout New York State, $36 billion is needed to replace and upgrade failing sewage infrastructure over the next 20 years. We cannot afford to squander a dime of our clean water funds.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by bsmith  9/16/14