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Tell EPA: Protect People and Wildlife, Not GE – Poughkeepsie PCBs Public Meeting

Poughkeepsie EPA Meeting Flyer
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When:
June 28, 2017: 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Where:
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Terrace Ballroom, Poughkeepsie, NY map
To Attend:
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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. Now, EPA and GE are trying to walk away from their PCB cleanup effort before the job is done.

EPA is holding two public sessions on the status of the cleanup and we need your voice in the room. Let’s show EPA that the public’s support for a healthy Hudson River cannot be ignored!

We’re asking supporters to assemble in Poughkeepsie’s Mural Square for a rally before the workshop, then we will march together to the EPA meeting.

Wear a green shirt to show your support for additional action on PCBs!

Let us know you’ll be there:
RSVP HERE

Schedule:
5:30 PM – Rally/March at Mural Square, 253 Main St., Poughkeepsie
6:00 PM – EPA Workshop at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Background:
Hudson River PCBs Superfund site (available at www.epa.gov/hudson), EPA maintains that dredging efforts that started in 2009 and ended in 2015 are working as designed in 40 miles of the Hudson above the Troy dam, although “not yet protective” of human health and the environment.

Analysis by other federal and state agencies shows the Hudson River remedy is failing to meet EPA’s own targets for making Hudson River fish edible without endangering human health. EPA should have mandated additional remediation. As it stands, New Yorkers will have to wait decades or even centuries before they can eat fish from the Hudson River again without restriction.

A second public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6-8pm at the Saratoga Hilton Saratoga Ballroom – Room 1, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

EPA is holding a public comment period until Sept. 1, 2017. Let your concerns be known by submitting your comments to:
Gary Klawinski, Director, Hudson River Field Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 303, Albany, NY 12205 Gary.Klawinski@epa.gov

 

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