Last week, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s attempt to borrow over $500 million from a clean-water revolving fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.
The goal of the lawsuit is to invalidate New York State’s application for $511 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for bridge construction projects that include dredging, pile driving and demolition.
In September, the EPA rejected the vast majority of the state’s loan request – $482 million of the $511 million sought. The state has indicated that it plans to appeal the loan denial.
The lawsuit, brought by Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Advocates of New York, requests a court order that will enforce EPA’s decision, to prevent “any further attempt to divert clean water funds for improper purposes.”