Opponents to water filtration plant gather to discuss case in Van Cortlandt Park

(11/21/04) NORWOOD - Opponents to the city's plan to build a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park have presented another legal challenge to the project. They are raising concerns about how construction could affect the health of Bronx residents who live nearby.

A group called Bronx Environmental Health And Justice assembled at the park Sunday to discuss its case against the city's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Their lawsuit, which was filed last Monday, claims the DEP skewed the selection process by making false comparisons between the Bronx and another proposed site for the plant in Eastview, which is in Westchester. Assemblyman Jeff Klein (D-Bedford Park), who was at the rally, says he is confident the new suit will help stop the project.

Amidst the legal challenges, DEP officials report they have begun preparation work for the development. The mayor's office had no comment for News 12 the Bronx on the latest lawsuits.

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