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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516.390.7150, 631.384.1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

ENVIRONMENTALISTS THRILLED AS GOVERNOR CUOMO MOVES FORWARD WITH LAWSUIT AGAINST EPA’S LONG ISLAND SOUND DREDGE DUMPING PLAN

Farmingdale, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will make good on his promise to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to stop the designation of a long-term dumpsite for dredge material in the eastern Long Island Sound. In 2005, New York State opposed a plan to continue dumping dredge material in the Long Island Sound. This led to the historic agreement between New York, Connecticut, EPA and the Army Corps mandating a focus of beneficial reuse of dredged material and the reduction of open water dumping. However, EPA is ignoring the 2005 agreement and moving forward with expanding additional long term dump sites in the eastern portion of LIS.

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, issued the following statement:

“EPA’s expansion of dumping in LI Sound is a reckless plan that will damage this estuary. Long Island Sound is an ecological gem that should not to be used as a dump site. The Sound is an extension of our backyards; a beloved waterway for fishing, swimming, clamming, boating, kayaking, and more. We are grateful that New York understands the economic and environmental value of this precious resource and is willing to fight to protect it. We have made great strides in restoring the health of the Sound, seeing dolphins and whales return. Continued dumping thwarts this progress.

Long Island Sound cannot and should not be taken for granted. We are immensely grateful for Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to protect and restore our waters: he is a true Water Warrior.”

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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 lburch  12/7/16