The DEC's Cahill charged that Spitzer's suit might further delay the EPA's preliminary report, which is now due out late next year. He quoted an unnamed EPA spokeswoman who said: "It would be a damn shame to have an impact when we're so close. The attorney general has to be aware of that."
Doug Tomchuk, the EPA study's project manager, says Spitzer's office did consult with the EPA before settling on its action. Tomchuk raised his fears about getting dragged into the legal action. But, he says, "I don't think it does anything for us in particular. Hopefully it shouldn't impact us."