EPA Derails Cuomo's Tappan Zee Funding Plan
New funding must be found for new Westchester-to-Rockland County bridge
The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected almost all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The agency says Tuesday that only $29 million of Cuomo's $511 million proposal meets federal requirements.
Cuomo's administration proposed using the clean water loans on the $3.9 billion bridge project. Environmental groups objected, arguing the money was intended for drinking water, sewage and other water quality projects.
The EPA specifically rejected big-ticket proposals to use the funds for bridge construction and dredging. The agency approved some smaller projects associated with the bridge, including marsh restoration.
Environmental Advocates of New York Director Peter Iwanowicz says the EPA's decision is a "strong rebuke" to Cuomo's administration.
Messages left with the administration were not initially returned.