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September 16, 2014
Reinvent Albany, an advocacy group that works for government transparency and fiscal accountability, applauds EPA Region 2’s decision to reject the use of $481 million in Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans for the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (New NY Bridge.)
As part of a coalition of groups, Reinvent Albany has petitioned the state Thruway Authority and Environmental Facilities Corporation to use the water quality funds for their intended purpose, which is to improve waste water treatment and other projects which directly improve water quality.
In June, Reinvent Albany joined a coalition of environmental and sustainable transportation advocacy groups who oppose using $511m in state and federal clean water loans for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. In a series of letters, the coalition asked the boards of the State Thruway Authority and the state Environmental Facilities Corporation not to take funds from the EFC’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which are intended for water quality protection and waste water treatment. Today, the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 office rejected the diversion of $481m of these dedicated clean water funds, while approving $29.1m. The clean water funds are a mixture of federal grants and repaid clean water loans, and state officials have contested EPA’s authority over the funds. Below is EPA’s letter to the state Thruway and EFC.
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