Saturday, May 27, 2017




Four county leaders call on EPA to continue PCB cleanup of Hudson

HUDSON VALLEY – County executives from four Hudson Valley counties signed a letter to the EPA urging the agency to protect the Hudson River from contamination.

Executive Edwin Day (Rockland), Robert Astorino (Westchester), Marcus Molinaro (Dutchess ) and Steven Neuhaus (Orange )said the future economic development along the river depends on remediation of soil contaminated with PCBs.

“Dredging undertaken to date has failed to factor in decisive evidence that two to three times more contaminated sediment exist in the river than assumed at the time the EPA cleanup plan was established in 2002,” the officials wrote. “Without a determination that additional remediation is necessary… implementing job-creating riverfront revitalization projects likely will be postponed well into the 22nd century – or New York taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill to clean up a mess they didn’t create.”

Many environmental groups, including Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, are also calling on the EPA to require continued cleanup of the Hudson.

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