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Riverkeeper statement: EPA expands scope of Hudson River cleanup analysis

For immediate release: January 29, 2018
Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director
cweathers@riverkeeper.org; 845-445-8257

Riverkeeper’s Legal Program Director, Richard Webster released this statement today regarding the EPA’s announcement that it will expand the scope of the Hudson River PCBs cleanup analysis.

“Today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency is a step in the right direction, and we hope EPA’s outreach to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation leads to a thorough, diligent and collaborative analysis of the DEC’s data regarding Hudson River PCBs. After EPA closely examines this data, the agency will discover that the science further supports the position that Riverkeeper and many others have already taken: the cleanup is not protective of human health and the environment. Therefore more clean up is needed.

“We thank DEC for taking the initiative to further investigate the PCB contamination in the Hudson River and making its sample results available to EPA. We also appreciate that EPA is becoming more collaborative, that it is waiting until it has examined all the available data, and that it is extending its investigation of the Lower River. It is now up to EPA to make the right decision for the Hudson River.”

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