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For immediate release:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Maureen Dolan Murphy, Executive Programs Manager, 516-390-7150, 516-375-5425 (mobile), mmurphy@citizenscampaign.org

ENVIRONMENTALISTS JOIN WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSES TO URGE EPA TO RELEASE $20 MILLION OWED TO NASSAU COUNTY FOR BAY PARK SEWAGE UPGRADES


Farmingdale, NY-
-Over 17 environmental groups, elected officials, businesses joined together to send a letter to EPA Administrator Jackson urging the immediate release of $20 million to Nassau County for the necessary repairs and upgrades needed at Bay Park STP.

Environmentalists support and echo Senator Schumer’s call to the EPA to release $20 million owed to Nassau County. The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant has been in violation of state law for releasing excessive suspended solids into the Western Bays. This has resulted in a visible brown colored plume emanating from the outfall pipe for the last several months. $20 million should be used for immediate upgrades to the plant.

“Nassau County cannot continue to allow the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to pollute our waters. Poorly treated sewage polluting our bays puts the public and the environment at risk. $20 million can fix the problem,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant is in need of substantial upgrades relating to odor control, nitrogen reduction, and chlorine reduction. In the 1980’s, $20 million was granted to the County by the EPA for sewage treatment upgrades. The County completed the work; however they never received the money.

“All stakeholders recognize the critical importance of having a healthy bay. Our economy and livelihood depend on it. The Bay Park STP is broken and needs serious upgrades and fixes. 20 years has been a long enough wait—Nassau County needs the money now,” stated Esposito.

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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 seckel  11/30/10