News: BCEQ wins Blasting fight with DEP

August 29th, 2008 Posted in Front Page News

(Thursday afternoon, we served papers on the city stating that blasting was an ultra hazardous activity and as such was a substantial change from the original plans.)

Late Friday afternoon, August 29, 2008, the City served papers on the pro bono attorney for BCEQ et. al, stating that the issue of blasting at the Jerome Park Reservoir, across the street from the Bronx High School of Science, is moot.

  • The DEP decided to proceed with Hoe Ramming at that Site.
  • The DEP stated that they do not have to do a supplemental EIS because they demonstrated that no new significant adverse impacts are predicted for the excavation work.
  • The DEP stated that they have not given the contract on the site and so some extra work at Harris Park Annex is not ripe.
  • Finally, the DEP stated that they do not need a building permit to work on either the Treatment Plant and Tunnels, and even so, that the issue is time barred.

It remains to be seen whether or not their argument will hold water, so to speak.

All of the papers are up on, and will be updated.

Thanks, Karen

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