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Tell EPA: Protect people and wildlife, not GE

Did you know that the Hudson River is the nation’s largest Superfund site, running for almost 200 miles from Hudson Falls, NY to Manhattan, because of General Electric? GE dumped over a million pounds of toxic PCBs into the River between 1947 and 1977. New York will bear the burden of GE’s PCB contamination for the foreseeable future due to inaction by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – unless we act now to fight for change.

On June 1, 2017, EPA released its second Five Year Review of the Superfund cleanup The report includes a misguided determination that the cleanup efforts to date “will be protective of human health and the environment” in the Upper Hudson River, a 40-mile stretch above the Troy Dam. EPA concluded that the dredging portion of the cleanup, which started in 2009 and ended in 2015, is working as designed above the Troy Dam, even though the cleanup does not currently protect people or wildlife from PCB contamination. EPA admits that the Lower Hudson River, a 150-mile stretch below the Troy Dam to Manhattan, is not responding to the cleanup as anticipated and more investigation is needed.

Analyses by other federal and state agencies shows the cleanup is failing to meet EPA’s own targets for making fish from the Hudson River edible without endangering human health.

New Yorkers have a right to a clean and healthy Hudson. We need as many voices as possible to stand up for the river, its life, and our health.


EPA is hosting public meetings to explain their decision and hear from the public. Let’s show EPA that the public’s support for a healthy Hudson River cannot be ignored!

We need your voice! Wear green to show your support for additional action on PCBs!

6-8 p.m., June 28, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


6-8 p.m., July 19, The Saratoga Hilton Saratoga Ballroom – Room 1 534 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


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Environmental Leaders Blast EPA’s Hudson River Report on PCB Cleanup >
News release, June 2, 2017

NRDC Blog: Trump EPA Lauds Unfinished Hudson Cleanup

Hudson River PCBs: History, health effects and more >

EPA Hudson River Superfund Site >


Keep up fight to remove PCBs from Hudson River >
Editorial, The Daily Gazette

Dredging works — press the case on behalf of the Hudson >
Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal

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