Environmentalists say state inspections declining

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – An environmental group says New
York has reduced pollution inspections by more than one-third over the
past three years following large staffing cuts.

Environmental Advocates of New York in a report
Thursday says state enforcement actions against polluters have dropped
almost 25% from 2009 to 2012 under federal laws to protect air quality
and waterways.

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation
has federal permit and enforcement authority over 33,000 factories,
power generators, sewage treatment plants and other emission sources.

The report, based on state data, shows the DEC's
Divisions of Air and Water Quality Management has lost 235 positions
since 2007 or about 28% of its staff.

The DEC did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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