Lawsuit claims NY state is refusing to release ConEd pollution records

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July 10, 2020 - 2:02 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A law firm has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of forcing the state of New York to turn over a trove of pollution records about Con Edison.

Law firm Paul Weiss filed the case on its own behalf in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, according to a report by The City.

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In a statement to the court, the firm said the Department of Environmental Conservation has refused to hand over the “vast majority” of records it requested about the utility giant’s pollution spills going back decades.

“DEC now claims to be unable to even keep track of the reports Con Edison is legally required to make (much less to control its behavior),” the complaint says.

The firm's Freedom of Information Law case comes three years after 30,000 gallons of transformer oil spilled into the East River from Con Edison's Farragut substation in Brooklyn.

A Con Edison spokesperson told The City that the documents requested were overly broad and the lawsuit’s portrayal of its record “vague and unfounded.”

A DEC spokesperson declined to comment due to the pending case.

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