Debra Scotto Reacts To DEC Submission To NRRB Re: Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO's)

52nd Assembly District State Committee candidate Debra Scotto urges the DEC Commissioner to reconsider its recommendation to the NRRB that further action with regard to CSO discharge abatement be deferred.

The simple truth is that the current Long Term Control Plan isn’t designed to raise the water quality in the Gowanus Canal to the ‘secondary contact’ water quality standard demanded by the community.

Online PR News – 10-July-2012 – Brooklyn, New Yorki – 52nd Assembly District State Committee candidate and community activist Debra Scotto supplemental to her participation on the EPA Community Advisor Group this week wrote to DEC Commissioner Martens with a copy to EPA region 2 Director Mudgan to urge the agency to reconsider its recommendation to the NRRB that further action with regard to CSO discharge abatement be deferred and that EPA accept suggested "interim" measures as satisfactory.

"The simple truth is that the current Long Term Control Plan isn't designed to raise the water quality in the Gowanus Canal to the 'secondary contact' water quality standard demanded by the community.”

There is no reason to delay or defer to the DEC and DEP when by the agencies' own admission the modeling for the plan indicates that in the end the water quality will not justify an SC rating. To those of us that have been tracking these issues over the years the proposed interim measures are the same measures that have been suggested and found wanting for the past decade.

"I remain hopeful that the CSO problem can be resolved under the Superfund (CERCLA) jurisdiction but whether it is under CERCLA or the Clean Water Act, our waters must be made safe enough for secondary contacts."

We can not escape the fact that the cost of remedying the CSO problem doubles the cost of the Superfund cleanup and as it stands the entire extra cost would be picked up by the City of New York and its ratepayers. "I call upon our Congresswoman and our State elected officials to find sufficient money to reduce the financial burden this would impose upon the City and weaken its resistance to a comprehensive solution."

Debra Scotto is a candidate for the 52nd A.D.'s next State Committee Member in the Democratic Primary in September, 2012.

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