The Future of the Hudson—
American Heritage River or major toxic waste site?

The voice of the people must sound loudly NOW.
The EPA and General Electric are touting success in achieving the PCB cleanup, but reaching or even exceeding an inadequate plan isn’t the same as a successful cleanup. The EPA severely underestimated the amount of toxins needing removal and did nothing to alter its cleanup plan after much higher concentrations of the PCBs were discovered. Leaving massive amounts of health-threatening PCBs in the river would fail to meet the cleanup’s basic objectives—protecting human health and the environment.

Additional dredging can restore one of America’s great rivers generations sooner. But that won’t happen without pressure—so join a rising number of communities and New York State leaders pressing the EPA to do more targeted dredging for the health of the river and all of us.

These are the facts:

  • The remaining PCBs are dangerous. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) are manmade toxic chemicals that cause a range of harmful health effects, including cancer, eye lesions, and developmental disorders in children. New studies say that PCBs in the air cause people with high exposure to suffer significantly more from heart disease, diabetes and respiratory infections.
  • GE put these dangerous PCBs in the Hudson, and should get them out. New York’s taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for GE’s toxic mess. We’ve already paid enough from the loss of the river’s fishing industry (shut down in 1976 because of PCBs), commercial navigation, and tourism along the river.
  • Without delay, the EPA must objectively and scientifically review GE’s cleanup to date and lay the path towards an agreement that would comprehensively address the remaining pollution in the Hudson River.

Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy more dredging is needed to finish the job and restore the legacy of a cleaner Hudson River for future generations. Contact the EPA today, host a film screening in your community, and speak out!

 

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    Film Screening and Expert Panel

    Scenic Hudson and the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee present a free screening of the powerful new documentary PCBs: GE's and the EPA's Toxic Legacy by acclaimed filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.

    The film documents General Electric’s partial cleanup of toxic PCBs in the Hudson and how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to sign off on an incomplete job, leaving human health and the environment at risk. 

    WHAT: Riverfront screening of PCBs: GE’s and the EPA’s Toxic Legacy
    WHEN: Wednesday, May 25th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Scenic Hudson’s River Center on the Beacon waterfront
    ADMISSION: Free (but RSVP to secure a seat: https://beaconriverfrontfilmscreening.splashthat.com)

    After the film, campaign experts will discuss the remaining public health threats to riverfront communities like Beacon and what you can do—on social media, email and in your community—to ensure a #CleanerHudson.

     

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    It’s Time for Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman to Show Leadership on the Hudson

    Ned Sullivan, Scenic Hudson President, writes in the Huffington Post:

    "During his five years in office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spearheaded remarkable environmental achievements.

    He set one of the nation’s most ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions and shifting to clean energy—mandating that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable resources by 2030..."  Continue reading

     

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