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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; 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

Flawed data & analysis fatally undermine EPA’s findings that Hudson PCB cleanup will protect environment & public health

Credentialed scientist says EPA’s conclusion that PCB cleanup is on track is not supported by data Contacts: Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson, 845-473-4440, Ext. 210, Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 914-478-4501, Ext. 239, HUDSON VALLEY — The cleanup of toxic PCBs in the Hudson River will not achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandatory goal of protecting the environment and public health, as the agency claims in its draft Five-Year Review of the project. A highly credentialed expert contracted by the environmental groups Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper finds the scientific data […]

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Video: Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper on value of cleaning up the Hudson River

Environmental Leaders Blast EPA’s Hudson River Report on PCB Cleanup

Review ignores contamination’s impacts on people, environment, economy Contacts: Manna Jo Greene, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 835-265-8080, Ext. 7113, or Gil Hawkins, Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, 201-446-2652, or Kate Kiely, Natural Resources Defense Council, 212-727-4592, or Cliff Weathers, Riverkeeper, 845-445-8257, or Ned Sullivan, Scenic Hudson, 914-489-4630, or Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, 518-426-9144, or Posted by Scenic Hudson Thursday, June 1, 2017 Capital Region/Hudson Valley — A technical report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Office released today on the Hudson […]

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Riverkeeper responds to EPA’s five-year review on Hudson River PCBs

Riverkeeper released the following statement today in response to the EPA’s second five-year review report on the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay said: “The evidence clearly shows the Hudson River remedy is not protective of human health and the environment and will not meet EPA’s goals. EPA’s decision flies in the face of that evidence. Instead of moving the goal posts, EPA should try to meet its own goals by mandating additional remediation. We cannot accept an outcome that will leave Hudson River fish toxic for […]

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Public invited to ‘Visioning Workshop’ on future of Newtown Creek

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017: 1 – 4 p.m. WHERE: Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 WHAT: Members of the public are invited to join community organizations, agencies and environmental groups for a Newtown Creek Community Visioning Workshop. HOSTED BY: Riverkeeper & Newtown Creek Alliance Newtown Creek is a 3.8-mile waterway border between Brooklyn and Queens, a federally designated Superfund site with a long history of industrial pollution and environmental neglect. Each year, billions of gallons of raw sewage flow into the creek. This is a key time […]

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Oily sheen on ‘beleaguered’ creek remains a mystery

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