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RvK Files Notice of Intent to Sue Accord Speedway

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On May 19, Riverkeeper served the Accord Speedway with a notice of its intent to sue for violating the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by polluting a nearby stream and connected wetlands with turbid water. Riverkeeper believes the water contains pesticides, anti-freeze, oil, grease and other petroleum products.

Riverkeeper says the Ulster County racetrack has been illegally dumping a noxious blend of pollutants directly into the North Peter’s Kill, a pristine trout stream and tributary of Rondout Creek, and is also operating an open dump in violation of RCRA’s ban on open dumping.

During a required 60-day waiting period, New York State may file its own enforcement case, while the Speedway has the chance to halt all violations. Following the waiting period, if violations persist and the state has not taken action, Riverkeeper will file a case in federal court.

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