The government shutdown has led the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to ask a judge to order the suspension of all civil cases, including the U.S. government’s enforcement case against Westchester over water treatment.
Judge Loretta Preska ordered the cases stayed until the day after the president signs into law a budget that includes funding for the Department of Justice.
The Environmental Protection Agency sued Westchester County in August after the county missed an April 2012 deadline to begin ultraviolet treatment of water going to Water District 1, which includes Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, White Plains and part of North Castle. The southern part of the district is already getting treated water.
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