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New York Doubles Down on Effort to Turn City Into Giant Sponge

State Challenge to Hudson Cleanup Dismissed

EPA needs to start investigating the Lower Hudson River

The saga of the poisoning of the Hudson River by General Electric has been going on for around 70 years. Unfortunately, the end is not yet in sight. The Environmental Protection Agency and GE agreed on extensive dredging work in the 40 miles of river above the Troy Dam, but as yet, nothing has been done to clean up the 150 miles of river below the Troy Dam. It is now past time for EPA to correct that omission. When the Hudson River PCBs site was declared to be a […]

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Tale of 2 rivers: Advocates frustrated by lack of cleanup in lower Hudson

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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NYS DEC study adds to evidence: Hudson River PCBs cleanup is woefully incomplete

Governor Andrew Cuomo today released a study by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirming that General Electric’s cleanup of PCB contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete and not protective of public health and the environment. Click here to read the study. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “DEC’s latest study is yet another brick in the wall showing that the Hudson River PCBs cleanup has been woefully less effective than we were promised. General Electric’s cleanup of the toxic PCBs it dumped in the river must […]

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Riverkeeper Statement regarding NYS lawsuit against manufacturers of hazardous firefighting foam

A statement from Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay regarding today’s announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood: “Riverkeeper applauds the initiative taken today by Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Attorney General Barbara Underwood to sue the manufacturers of PFOS to bear the costs of the pollution they have caused by marketing a product that they should have known would cause harm to health and the environment. For example, PFOS contamination in and around the City of Newburgh has presented a serious threat to public health […]

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EPA Delays Decision on Hudson PCBs Cleanup

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

For immediate release: December 14, 2017 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director [email protected]; 845-445-8257 OSSINING, N.Y. — Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said New York will take immediate legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if they accept the Upper Hudson River dredging of PCBs as complete. According to a press release by the Governor’s office, Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will sue the federal government to ensure the dredging is completed. The state is also prepared to withdraw from the 2002 Record of Decision which guided the cleanup. […]

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State study faults Hudson PCB cleanup

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