SOUTH NYACK - State transportation officials have announced that the new Tappan Zee Bridge will have less of an environmental impact than previously thought.

With less dredging and pile driving required for the project, the Thruway Authority is asking environmental officials for revised permits. However, some Rockland County lawmakers say construction will inevitably have significant ecological effects. 

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In fact, some residents who live along the Hudson River say they're worried about how the bridge will affect their health, as well as that of the river.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold public hearings next month to help decide if the Thruway Authority should be granted revised permits.