State to Appeal EPA Loan Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency stated recently that they would be rejecting seven out of twelve of the Tappan Zee Bridge related projects New York State officials had planned on playing for with a $511 million loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. In a letter from Joan Leary Matthews, the Director of EPA Region 2’s Clean Water Division, state officials were informed that if they use the money for projects the EPA has deemed ineligible the costs would be disallowed. This means that $481.8 million of the loan was disallowed, including $110 million to be used dredging the river, and $65 million for removing the current bridge. EPA officials and environmental advocates agreed that the proposed spending projects did not fit what the loan is meant for, which is sewer improvements and clean water projects. Governor Andrew Cuomo stated on Tuesday that they would be appealing the decision of the agency. Officials have 30 days to do so and Cuomo stated that regardless of the outcome the construction of the bridge will continue, since they were not depending on the money for the project. Government and Thruway officials have yet to inform residents of Rockland and Westchester how much they can expect tolls to cost on the new structure.

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