PCB TOXINS UPDATE:
The Job to Clean Up the Hudson Is Not Done!
Will the EPA let General Electric off the Hook, Leaving Generations of NY Taxpayers to Clean Up Their TOXIC MESS?
It’s rumored the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may soon issue GE a Certificate of Completion—even though the job is far from finished. PCBs will continue poisoning us, our food and our wildlife for generations to come.
Gov. Cuomo… Business leaders…. Concerned youth… and the Cold, hard facts… They all agree with us that the PCB cleanup is incomplete!
- PCB levels in six of the eight contaminated sections of the upper Hudson continue to exceed levels the EPA deems acceptable for public health.
- Currently, the EPA says it will take at least 55 years for it to be safe for adults to eat one meal per week of Hudson River fish.
MAKING THE CASE
Late last month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released a scientific analysis showing that many areas of the upper Hudson remain contaminated at levels far beyond what was expected after dredging—and that areas already dredged have become significantly re-contaminated. (Download the NYSDEC report here.)
LEADING THE CHARGE
Gov. Cuomo recently addressed the urgency of continuing the cleanup, stating: "The health of the Hudson River estuary and the vitality of the communities along its banks are at stake and the EPA must not let GE off the hook for a job that is not done.” And U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said, “Issuing a Certificate of Completion at this stage would be bad for everyone except GE… GE polluted the river and they have to clean it up—it’s that simple.”
TAKING A STAND
Speaking for fellow teens via a powerful Poughkeepsie Journal op-ed, high school senior Emme Magliato told EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez that PCBs “have no place in our river” and “our safety lies in your hands.” And in a Times Union op-ed, President Ned Sullivan and Chamber of Southern Saratoga President Pete Bardunias stressed how communities suffer from lost economic opportunity because of PCB contamination.
It’s time for the EPA to join the bandwagon—by not issuing GE a certificate of completion and concluding that the cleanup hasn’t achieved its goals to make the river safe for humans and wildlife.
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