Application for $150M for LI Sewage Outfall Pipe Rejected

EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (AP) -

A federal agency has rejected an application for $150 million in federal money for an ocean-outfall pipe at a Long Island sewage-treatment plant.

Newsday reports that the Bay Park sewage-treatment plant in East Rockaway proposal had been included in a state entry to a federal $1 billion national disaster resilience competition.

On Thursday, New York was awarded nearly $36 million to use on increasing resiliency in public housing.

State officials had said the competition could be used to fund a third of the money needed for the outfall pipe, estimated at $450 million.

The pipe would send nitrogen-rich effluent into the Atlantic Ocean and help the area’s weakened coastal marshlands.

State environmental officials say that they are disappointed and that it’s important to move forward with the project.