Source: https://www.constructiondive.com, April 21, 2019
By: Kim Slowey
Some local activists also have opposed the project on the issue of damage to local waterways and to otherwise environmentally sensitive areas of the Hudson Valley region since it was first announced in 2017. Also, according to the Herald-Record, there is a pending legal action against the town of Goshen alleging officials conducted a substandard environmental review before allowing the project to move forward.
Consent decrees as they regard environmental issues are not always between public and private entities. In New York, the DEC, under a long-standing Order of Consent with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), requires that the city agency reduce combined sewer overflows into public waterways and bodies of water like Long Island Sound.
At the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also enters into these agreements with state and local agencies. Burns & McDonnell, along with local firm Bonton Associates, recently won a contract from the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, to oversee a $1 billion sewer system overhaul required under an EPA consent decree.
The agency initiated the action in 2009 after a series of sanitary sewer overflows in Shreveport. If the city makes the required updates according to the 12-year schedule, it will avoid further legal action from the EPA, as well as $500 to $2,500 per day in penalties.