2008-01-25 / Letters

Non-Compliant State

The following letter was written to the Director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Dear Editor,

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is not adhering to the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Section 306 financial award contract since the 1984 Evaluation Findings by Peter Tweedt with enforcement and monitoring of permits approvals

for compliance with

the Tidal Wetlands Act and regulations and New York State's Coastal Management Program authorities as per the contract award defined in 15 CFR 923.132 (e).

The program also provides for full participation by individual parties like myself mandatory requirements 16 USC 1455 (d) consistent with section 1452 of the CZMA and regulation promulgated by the Secretary of Commerce 15 CFR 923.1 (7) Provides for public participation in permitting process, consistency determinations, and other similar decisions that include evaluations and zoning revisions that protect coastal communities.

I have not received any response from NOAA about the DRAFT evaluation findings that should be revised to include the many violations of proposed projects that have obstructed existing public access areas and do not comply with the goals, standards and policies of the State's 44 Coastal Management Program Policies and New York City's Waterfront Revitalization Program Policies that are consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 Policies Declared in 16 USC Section 1452 (1) (2) (A) through (K).

There is no point in funding over 4.5 billion dollars of congressional appropriations of tax dollars to this program to New York State and City where NOAA has NOT conducted the evaluations of coastal management programs and enforced or monitored the balancing of economic development in order to protect, preserve and maintain coastal communities and the eco systems that is consistent with CZMA section 1452.

RICHARD GEORGE

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