Created: October 14, 2019 04:39 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially filed a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission (IJC).
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the lawsuit would be coming last week during his appearance at Silk O'Loughlin's in Irondequoit.
The state DEC blames the IJC for the flooding from Lake Ontario that has caused the state to spend millions of dollars in response to.
The department goes on to blame Plan 2014, citing IJC claims that the plan would cause a minor increase in flooding but that the benefits of the plan would eclipse those harms. The DEC claims "nothing could have been further from the truth."
The department also calls on the IJC's "sluggish" response to flooding. The lawsuit states that the water level surpassed Plan 2014 trigger levels in April, but the IJC did not attempt to address the flooding until late May. At that time the water levels on Lake Ontario had risen to record highs.
The department says "the IJC must answer for its wrongful conduct."
The DEC is requesting compensation for "the costs already incurred by DEC and the State in repairing damage to property and infrastructure caused by flooding." This includes any future costs the State will incur from flooding.
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