Environmentalists, critics call on EPA to review beach quality standards

Two environmentalist groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency after it lowered its water quality standards. The new regulations mean that more beaches on Long

One in 28 people have the potential of getting some bacteria-related illness after going to the beac

One in 28 people have the potential of getting some bacteria-related illness after going to the beac (7/12/13)

GLEN COVE - Long Island beaches may be closed less frequently this summer due to lower federal beach quality standards.

Critics, including Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), say the new standards are too lax and will result in beaches staying open when they should be closed. A report from the Natural Resources Defense council highlights that the EPA acknowledges one in 28 swimmers could become ill by swimming in water that passes its standards.

A pair of New York environmental groups is suing the EPA over the new regulations.

As it stands, Nassau beach closures only go into effect after a heavy rain.
 

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