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DEC chief: Sewers top environmental challenge

Martens says Newburgh break a harbinger

State DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens speaks at the 2012 Annual Industry-Environment Conference held at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa on Friday morning. The Industry-Environment Conference is the foremost conference of its kind in New York State. It brings together close to 300 experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State.
Natural gas drilling, wetlands development and environmental enforcement are among the key issues that were discussed.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
State DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens speaks at the 2012 Annual Industry-Environment Conference held at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa on Friday morning. The Industry-Environment Conference is the foremost conference of its kind in New York State. It brings together close to 300 experts from both the private and public sectors to interact and share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York State. Natural gas drilling, wetlands development and environmental enforcement are among the key issues that were discussed.
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Hydrofracking may get the headlines, but it isn’t the biggest environmental challenge facing New York, state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said at a conference Friday. Instead, it’s sewers — aging and crumbling wastewater collection lines that in some cases are more than a century old. A sewer break in Newburgh two weeks ago was an “eye opener,” Martens said — and symbolic of the problem facing many communities. The line that was leaking sewage ...


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