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NEW YORK -- The city's efforts to build a plant to filter
part of its drinking water supply have been endorsed by three
The Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense and
the New York League of Conservation Voters said they were convinced
the $1.3 billion plant is necessary for the public health, The New
York Times reported.
Leaders of the groups said they made the endorsements after
reviewing a 20-page paper commissioned by the Department of
Eric Goldstein, a senior lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense
Council, said the paper made a commitment to both filtration and
Some critics had feared that if the water was filtered, the city
would reduce its efforts to keep the water clean at the source by
carefully managing the land.
``It makes the case that hasn't been made before as to why, from a
public health standpoint, filtration and watershed protection are
both necessary,'' Goldstein told the Times. ``It really shifts the
debate from whether the Croton system water should be filtered, to
The city was required to meet a court deadline at the end of May
to select a site for the project, and is considering building the
plant beneath Mosholu Golf Course in Van Cortlandt Park, the Times
Two other sites, along the Harlem River in the Bronx or in Mount
Pleasant in Westchester County, are also under consideration.
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