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Feds Settle With New York State Over Safe Drinking Water Act Violations

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Federal environmental officials working on Long Island have settled with New York over claims that state agencies violated the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Thirty-six large-capacity cesspools operated in state parks above the aquifer that supplies most of Long Island’s drinking water. All the cesspools were closed between 2017 and 2019 — more than a decade after the water act required them closed.

Walter Mugdan is the Acting Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. He says cesspool sewage systems use “centuries-old technology that can cause serious pollution of groundwater and drinking water.”

A State Parks spokesman says the agency "took aggressive action to ensure they were brought up to all modern environmental standards.”