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Pushes for More Protective Permit and Increased Mitigation Funding for Hudson River
OSSINING, NY – February 20, 2013 – Riverkeeper submitted comments on a critical state permit needed for the proposed Tappan Zee Bridge project, laying out specific ways to strengthen the permit to minimize impacts to the Hudson River and ensure mitigation funding to offset unavoidable impacts if the bridge goes forward. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the combined water quality certification, endangered species and tidal wetlands permit for public comment in mid-December 2012. In its comment letter, Riverkeeper raised the following points:
“As steward of the Hudson River, Riverkeeper has laid out specific recommendations that would ensure the river is protected and state resources are allocated to compensate for any unavoidable damage done during construction,” said Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program Director. “We’re pulling from best practices from similar projects across the country to assess any additional measures that are necessary to put in place before this new bridge can be deemed as ‘river-friendly.’”
Riverkeeper continues to advocate for a Tappan Zee Bridge project that abides by Governor Cuomo’s promise in 2010 to provide “environmentally friendly public transportation” and protection of our natural resources, and will continue to work to make sure that the needs of the Hudson River and the people living near it are met.