TZC Fined $65,000 for Not Having Proper Permits

The I Lift NY crane is ready to set sections of pre-fabricated steel, 350 feet long each, from about 100 miles north at Port of Coeymans, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) president Darrell Waters said during Monday’s press conference.

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

I Lift NY arriving at its destination/© Janie Rosman 2014

So TZC got the required permits? I thought when I heard this, recalling the NYS DEC stopped work at the port this summer. Riverkeeper, Inc. — after observing the contractor working on a project still under review, hence no permits had been granted — contacted the agency, which halted TZC six days later and began an investigation.

Last month, I wrote about the watchdog group’s concern about environmental protocols. I requested status updates from project officials and the DEC several times during the past four weeks — including twice in the past 10 days.

The DEC’s response, sent to me late Wednesday, is in my story.

At 3:45 p.m. today, minutes after my third request, I received a statement from TZC spokesperson Carla Julian, who told me it just went out. Interesting, since a Journal News article posted early this morning told readers:

“A safe work place and a commitment to following all environmental regulations are TZC’s top priorities,” Julian said in a statement Thursday.

Little time lag there. Only some media received her statement and not others?

I was told it was sent to reporters who asked. I asked twice via email — October 1 and 7 — and then again today for an update about DEC permits and the staging area. Third time’s a charmer.

“A safe work place and a commitment to following all environmental regulations are TZC’s top priorities,” TZC spokesperson Carla Julian said via email Friday.

“Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) has been working closely with state and federal agencies to obtain permits for constructing our staging area at the Port of Coeymans,” Julian also said, adding the contractor recently received DEC and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers permits for that site.

“Riverkeeper is aware of the DEC’s decision and will comment next week,” spokesperson Tina Posterli said this afternoon.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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