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EPA determined that the Hudson River PCB cleanup “will be protective of human health and the environment,” even though two to three times as many PCBs remain in the river than expected. Let’s be clear: toxic PCBs continue to threaten people and wildlife. EPA and GE must do more.
The cleanup is already years behind schedule, and EPA claims it needs another eight years of data to understand if it is working. In short, EPA is declaring success before it has the science to back it up. One thing is for sure: New Yorkers will not be able to eat fish from the river for decades, or longer, without significant restrictions. This is unacceptable.Submit Your Comments to EPA by September 1, 2017We must urge EPA to officially say the cleanup is not protective and more work is needed to ensure a healthy Hudson River. Below are additional points to include in your comments:
• Below the Troy Dam — and all the way to Manhattan — the EPA’s own studies show PCB concentrations in fish haven’t declined as expected as a result of the upriver dredging. • With more PCBs left in the river than anticipated, additional dredging of the upper 40 miles of the Hudson River is necessary. • GE should be required to further investigate the lower 150 miles of the Hudson River to ensure cleanup goals are met. • EPA must give more weight to studies by federal and state agencies that challenge EPA’s findings. • The cleanup cannot be declared complete by the EPA until the PCB contamination in the entire Hudson River reaches a level that does not threaten human health and the environment.
Commnet deadline is September 1, 2017.
Read the sample letter (below) and edit it as you see fit. Personalized comments have a greater impact!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
20 Secor Road
Ossining, New York 10562
t: 800 21-RIVER