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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.

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EPA admits PCB cleanup hasn’t achieved its goals, but issues polluter GE a Certificate of Completion
News release, April 11, 2019

Riverkeeper Statement: EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River Cleanup Analysis >
News release, January 29, 2017

Riverkeeper statement: Governor and Attorney General warn of a lawsuit if EPA deems Hudson River dredging complete >

NRDC Blog: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River >

Department of Interior Letter to the EPA December 2017 >

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report On the Second Five-Year Review >

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 >

The Federal Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees September 2015 Letter to the EPA>


Dutchess and Ulster County execs join to support NYS lawsuit against EPA
WAMC October 8, 2019

NY sues EPA over Hudson River cleanup decision
WAMC August 21, 2019

Hudson River Remains Contaminated with PCBs: new report
Poughkeepsie Journal February 1, 2018

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis
WAMC January 30, 2018

Public Pushes EPA for further Hudson Cleanup
Poughkeepsie Journal

EPA Delays Decision On GE’s Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Department of Interior suggests more Hudson dredging is needed
Albany Times Union

State plans to sue if EPA accepts completion of Hudson dredging
Albany Times Union

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

Hudson River ActIon – Tell EPA: Protect people and wildlife, not GE from Oceans 8 Films on Vimeo.

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