By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) - State regulators say there’s no immediate need for a new water source in Rockland County, halting plans for a desalination plant that would process Hudson River water for drinking.

The commission said Thursday the need may arise again in the future. But it directed United Water New York, the utility that serves most of the county, to discontinue pursuing a permit for the $150 million plant in Haverstraw.

It suggested the utility look into conservation measures and other alternatives.

A United Water spokeswoman said it was awaiting the commission’s formal order.

The environmental groups Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper praised the decision. They said the plant would have endangered the environment and public health.

United Water said the plant would have removed salt and pollutants from river water.

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