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Statement regarding Entergy’s plan to sell the Indian Point nuclear plant to Holtec for decommissioning

Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay released this statement today: Riverkeeper has major concerns about Tuesday’s announcement that Entergy will sell the Indian Point reactors to Holtec for decommissioning.  Both Holtec and its intended partner, SNC-Lavalin, have problematic operating histories, including a bribery scandal in Canada that threatens to topple the Trudeau government. This proposed license transfer therefore needs careful scrutiny by New York State, and, ideally, by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The stated goal of decommissioning more rapidly than the 60 years allowed by the federal government is welcome, but that […]

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Hudson River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019

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Storm surge flood barriers being considered by the Army Corps of Engineers in response to Hurricane Sandy, threaten river health Contacts: Eileen Shader, American Rivers, (570) 856-1128, eshader@americanrivers.org Leah Rae, Riverkeeper, (914) 478-4501 ext. 238, lrae@riverkeeper.org Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Hudson River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2019, citing the grave threat that the potential construction of storm-surge barriers could pose to this rich tidal estuary. American Rivers and its partners called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider alternative solutions that address […]

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Debbie Harry, Pace University’s Environmental Legal Program to be honored at Fishermen’s Ball, May 8

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New York — Riverkeeper, New York’s Clean Water Advocate, will honor rock musician, actor and fashion icon Debbie Harry at its annual Fishermen’s Ball on May 8, 2019 at Pier Sixty One (The Lighthouse) at New York City’s famed Chelsea Piers. Harry, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with her band, Blondie, in 2006, will be honored as Riverkeeper’s “Big Fish” for her years of environmental advocacy, her work to eliminate the threats to pollinators and her efforts to recycle plastics into fashion-forward clothing. Also honored will be Pace University’s […]

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Environmental and community groups detail opposition to proposed Catskill incinerator ash dump

More than 50 environmental and community groups detail opposition to proposed incinerator ash dump in Catskill   Proposal would transport 445,000 tons of toxic ash on local roads.   Groups call on Catskill Town Supervisor to reject proposal, release sign-on letter opposing the dump.   Wheelabrator Technologies, the second largest trash incineration company in the U.S., has proposed creating a large incinerator ash dump in a former quarry in the Town of Catskill near the shore of the Hudson River. The company is in the process of applying for permits […]

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EPA admits PCB cleanup hasn’t achieved its goals, but issues polluter GE a Certificate of Completion

Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper slam decision that makes it much harder to compel GE to continue cleanup   Groups thank Gov. Cuomo for his leadership and pledge support for his legal challenge of Certificate of Completion   HUDSON VALLEY—Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper strongly condemn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—for issuing General Electric a Certificate of Completion for the Hudson River PCB cleanup while simultaneously admitting that the Superfund project has not achieved its mandated goal to be “protective of human health and the environment.” The EPA has concluded its […]

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Army Corps Updates Public On NY/NJ Storm Risk Management Plans

Statement on environmental priorities in the New York State budget

ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York lawmakers passed their $175 billion state budget including a ban on single-use plastic bags and $500 million in funding for clean water projects that includes repairing and upgrading water infrastructure, protecting drinking water at its source, and responding to sources of toxic contamination such as PFAS and toxic algal outbreaks. Additionally, the Governor and lawmakers rejected the proposed language to raid the Environmental Protection Fund and instead continued to fund the state’s dedicated environmental program at $300 million. The single-use plastic […]

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NY State Expected To Ban Plastic Bags, But Lack Of Paper Bag Fee Raises Concerns

State expected to ban single-use plastic grocery bags

Albany lawmakers say plastic bag ban is in the works as budget talks continue

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