Statement By Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo

"My office has filed a legal challenge against the Federal Department of Energy seeking to prevent the Federal Government from taking over the approval process for the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Energy would subject major regions of New York State to the development of massive electric transmission lines - including the proposed 200-mile long NYRI line over the state's objections. The DOE's action was taken without proper environmental review and could harm residences, businesses and natural resources in the region of the proposed NYRI line. DOE's action is illegal and through this challenge, I will continue the fight to protect homeowners and the environment in New York and New York's right to make it's own energy siting decisions."

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