Fil­tra­tion plan draws lo­cal ire

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties along Lower Eso­pus left out of New York City, DEC wa­ter dis­cus­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Of­fi­cials in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties along the Lower Eso­pus Creek want the state to lead a en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view con­cern­ing a fil­tra­tion avoid­ance re­newal re­quest by New York City, ar­gu­ing that the city’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion has demon­strated a lack of ob­jec­tiv­ity in the mat­ter.

The towns of Mar­ble­town, Sauger­ties, and Ul­ster have all for­mally ob­jected to the city agency be­ing in charge of its own re­views and want ei­ther the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion or the state Depart­ment of Health to be the lead agency.

While the ex­ist­ing fil­tra­tion avoid­ance de­ter­mi­na­tion specif­i­cally refers to prob­lems iden­ti­fied in the Lower Eso­pus Creek, offi-

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The Ashokan Reser­voir in Ul­ster County.

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