“Don’t quit on the river now,” GE Chairman Immelt told in postcard
Campaign for Cleaner Hudson volunteers will urge Clearwater Revival attendees this weekend to sign postcards and petitions to General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt urging his company to do more to clean up the Hudson River.
Accompanied by a photo of the sloop Clearwater and of a warning sign advising people not to eat fish from the river accompanies the message, the postcard’s front reads:
“GE dumped millions of pounds of toxic PCBs into the Hudson. Tell GE the cleanup job isn’t done.”
The Campaign’s effort this weekend is part of a larger public information campaign that includes advertising and outreach to elected officials and the public along the 200-hundred-mile stretch of the river still suffering from the effect of GE’s PCB discharges from the 1940s through the 1970s.
Seventy municipalities have passed resolutions urging GE to keep its cleanup going past 2015, including Yonkers, Westchester County and other counties, towns and cities north and south of Albany.
The Revival advocacy is part of a long tradition for Clearwater, which was founded in 1969 to champion cleaning up the Hudson when the river was “rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution,” as the group’s website describes. While the river is in better shape because of the work of Clearwater and its Cleaner Hudson campaign allies, the PCB cleanup is essential in the effort to restore the river to its former health.
Volunteers also will ask revival-goers to sign an online petition <http://www.cleanerhudson.org/petition> at cleanerhudson.org <http://www.cleanerhudson.org> , which also urges GE not to quit its PCB cleanup.
The message to Immelt on the postcard reads:
Dear GE Chairman Immelt:
We’re at a critical turning point in the effort to clean up the toxic PCBs that your company, General Electric, dumped in the Hudson River for decades.
GE finally began an EPA-mandated cleanup just a few years ago. But now you’re threatening to quit your work on the river even though hundreds of thousands of pounds of PCBs remain.
If you end your work this summer, the river’s fish and wildlife will still be contaminated, the public’s heath will remain at risk and economic activity on the river will be limited. We’ll still be left with a 200-mile long Superfund site because GE didn’t do right by the river and those who live near it and love it.
Don’t quit on the river now, GE. Please do the comprehensive cleanup and restoration the Hudson River deserves.