DEC Challenging EPA Plan

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New York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation is challenging a federal agency’s authority to force the state to participate in a costly plan to clean the Susquehanna River.
The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with what they call the “Total Maximum Daily Load” plan, which includes stricter regulations of the chemicals that can be released from the wastewater treatment facilities of municipalities along the river. The DEC says implementation of the new regulations by the plan’s goal of 2025 would cost the state between $3 and $6 billion.
The DEC filed a 46-page document with the EPA earlier this month, challenging the agency’s interpretation of the law and asking for further clarification.
The EPA sees problems with New York’s plans on how to clean the river.

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