FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2011
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON EPA REVIEW OF UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS THAT WOULD COST NEW YORK CITY $1.6 BILLION
“I want to thank EPA Administrator Jackson for agreeing to review the regulations that would require New York City to spend at least $1.6 billion on an unnecessary cover for the Hillview Reservoir. We are confident that the EPA will ultimately come to the conclusion that a one-size-fits-all rule is inappropriate in this case, and New York City does not need a 90-acre concrete cover to protect the water we are already successfully keeping clean.
“This mandate is exactly the kind of unduly burdensome requirement that President Obama committed to eliminate through his comprehensive review of Federal regulations, and it’s encouraging that the EPA has committed to a meaningful review that could save New York and other cities billions, and allow us to focus our limited resources on infrastructure investments that are truly necessary for public health and safety. Though we are not at the end of the road, this is clearly a significant step forward. I want to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand as well as Congressman Crowley and the members of the New York Congressional Delegation who supported this effort for their leadership.”
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