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Riverkeeper statement on proposed Hudson River Protection Act

Fri, 11/17/2023 - 07:28

Congressmen Pat Ryan and Marc Molinaro have introduced the Hudson River Protection Act. Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Drew Gamils has the following statement:

“Riverkeeper commends Congressmen Ryan and Molinaro for introducing the Hudson River Protection Act to permanently protect the Hudson River from additional anchoring areas. The Coast Guard attempted to unlawfully sidestep the restrictions Congress set forth in the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act with MSIB 2023-001. While we are happy the Coast Guard recently suspended its ill-conceived policy with the release of MSIB 2023-003, more needs to be done to establish long-lasting protections for the Hudson River and limit the creation of new anchoring areas. The Hudson River Protection Act can help achieve this goal. Riverkeeper strongly supports prohibiting large commercial vessels from anchoring on the Hudson River outside federally designated anchorage grounds, except in cases of great emergency.”

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Indian Point Decommissioning Oversight Board Meeting

Wed, 11/15/2023 - 11:02

Meeting Information

Any person wishing to attend the meeting, either in person or virtually, is asked to register by 12:00 p.m. on December 5, 2023.

Public statements are invited concerning the scope and goals of the Task Force and the scope and goals of the Oversight Board. Statements may be provided by participants in person or virtually during the 30-minute public statement portion of the meeting. Priority will be given to those who pre-register to deliver a statement.

On the date and time of the joint meeting, participants and members of the public may attend the meeting in person or virtually as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
TIME: 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30pm)

LOCATION: Cortlandt Town Hall
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt, NY 10567

TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY:
Electronic Access: Click here or go to www.zoom.us/join and enter the meeting information below.

Webinar ID: 863 9563 3219
Passcode: 566790

Phone-Only Access: Dial 1-929-205-6099 and enter the meeting information below when prompted.
Webinar ID: 863 9563 3219
Passcode: 566790

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EPA’s dredging remedy for Hudson River PCBs Superfund site is failing to protect human and environmental health

Tue, 11/14/2023 - 07:31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2023

Findings from independent, scientific assessment of publicly available data comes as EPA prepares to release its review of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site

Hudson Valley, NY — The Friends of a Clean Hudson (FOCH) coalition today released a new, independent, scientific assessment of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site, finding that the EPA’s “dredging remedy” has failed to ensure the protection of human and environmental health because the concentration of toxic PCBs in the river’s fish and sediment remain higher than anticipated. The new assessment provides the EPA with clear recommendations for next steps, and concludes that the EPA must officially acknowledge, in its pending third “Five-Year Review” of the site, that the dredging remedy is “not protective of human health and the environment.”

Read the Executive Summary >

Read the full report: The Friends of a Clean Hudson: An Independent Review of EPA’s Upper Hudson River PCB Dredging Remedy >

The FOCH coalition worked with scientific experts to review publicly available project data accessible since 2015 (last year of dredging) for Upper Hudson sediment and fish to assess whether the dredging remedy will achieve the specific goals set forth in 2002 by the EPA for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site. The Superfund site, a designation given to the most dangerously polluted lands and waters in the nation, was established in 1984 after decades of toxic PCB pollution by General Electric (GE). The Hudson remains one of the largest Superfund sites in the nation, covering nearly a 200-mile stretch because of GE’s waste.

“The science is clear: the dredging remedy in the Hudson River did not do enough to make the River safe for people and the environment,” said Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan. “EPA must acknowledge the dredging remedy’s failure to meet the essential standard of protecting human health and the environment.”

“Studies of fish collected from the Hudson are telling a clear story: The dredging remedy for the Upper Hudson has missed the mark in reducing the level of PCBs needed for ecological and human health. It simply wasn’t enough. A significant amount of PCB contamination was left behind, and as a result, we are not seeing the drop in PCB concentrations we were promised. Now is the time for EPA to reassess what is needed to get the Hudson on a true path to recovery,” said Tracy Brown, President of Riverkeeper.

The goals for the Superfund site establish target concentrations for PCBs in water, soil, and sediment to reduce harm to river ecology and health risks to humans from consuming fish from the Hudson. PCBs are carcinogens that have been banned in the United States since 1979 because of how harmful they are to human health and the environment. One of the original “forever chemicals,” PCBs do not readily break down once in the environment and can travel great distances through air, water, and soil, making them an especially dangerous form of toxic pollution.

Both current and previous analysis of data in sediment show that six years after dredging, PCB concentrations in the top two inches of surface sediment remain elevated, much higher than predicted by the models that were used by EPA when deciding on remedial actions for the Hudson. Additionally, the rate of improvement in these sediment concentrations post-dredging shows little evidence of significant recovery.

“The first target established by EPA for the reduction in fish PCB concentrations after dredging has not been achieved. The rate of recovery in sediment PCB concentrations to date post-dredging appears to be quite low, and insufficient for fish PCB concentrations to meet the second target set by EPA,” said Kevin Farrar, an independent scientist and former NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) geologist. “As a result, human health and ecological risks are still well above EPA’s own acceptable risk range and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. This is not protective of both people and wildlife who consume Hudson River fish, and is not what the public expected from EPA after the dredging work was completed.”

Because sediment and fish PCB concentrations have not declined as anticipated, EPA is forced to rely on risk-avoidance efforts – fish consumption advisories – rather than its risk-reduction cleanup action in order to make any determination other than “not protective” in its pending “Five-Year Review.” The FOCH point out that this strategy is not an effective or just solution for mitigation of health risks, particularly for environmental justice communities who rely on subsistence fishing, placing far too much of the burden on people using the river, rather than on the polluter, GE, or the government agency responsible for protection of human health and environment, the very role the EPA is charged with.

Additionally, risk avoidance does not address ecological risks to wildlife that are dependent on the river habitat and ecosystem, where consumption advisories are meaningless.

“Analysis of post-dredging PCB concentrations in Upper Hudson black bass, bullhead, and yellow perch show that concentrations are higher and the rate of recovery is slower than the models predicted in the Record of Decision (ROD) evaluation of alternative remedies for the Hudson. PCB concentrations in yearling pumpkinseed, important forage fish, remain highly elevated and show little evidence of recovery, indicating that the food web in the Upper Hudson is not making much progress toward recovery,” said L. Jay Field, Principal at Jayfield Environmental Consulting and retired NOAA scientist.

“Across the Hudson Valley, people rely on fish from the Hudson River as a food source. Based on the data, we are not on track to meet the goals needed to protect communities or the Hudson River, and we hope the gravity of this reality will be acknowledged in EPA’s upcoming Draft Five-Year Review,” said David Toman, Executive Director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

“GE’s spot-cleanup of a 40-mile stretch of the Upper Hudson left localized and significant quantities of PCBs in the river sediment that continue to make fish unsafe to eat, especially affecting women, children, and subsistence fishermen from communities of color, immigrants, and economically disadvantaged populations,” said Environmental Justice pioneer Dr. Aaron Mair.

“It is clear from the most recent sampling and analysis that GE’s alleged cleanup of the Hudson River is not adequately protective of human health or the environment. The river remains significantly contaminated with PCBs and thousands of New Yorkers, many of whom represent immigrant, low income and minority communities, regularly eat the fish they catch from the Hudson for sustenance – despite the health advisories. People simply trust long-standing traditions over nuanced warnings, and barring citizens from eating fish does not represent the kind of justice Hudson River communities need. True justice requires the EPA to fund and implement a meaningful clean-up,” said Roger Downs, Conservation Director, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

“To date, it’s been a tale of two rivers. The Record of Decision (ROD) pertains to the entire Hudson. It’s time to focus the remedy on the lower river,” said Gil Hawkins, Environmental Director, Hudson River Fishermen’s Association.

As required by the federal Superfund law, EPA must conduct a review of hazardous waste sites every five years where cleanups do not remove all contaminants from the site, and make that review available for public comment. While the date has not been announced, it is anticipated that EPA will release its draft third “Five-Year Review” for public comment before the end of 2023.

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About the Authors
The independent, scientific review was prepared by Kevin Farrar, retired NYSDEC Geologist and L. Jay Field, Jayfield Environmental Consulting, Principal and retired NOAA scientist.

Mr. Farrar is a retired Engineering Geologist from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). While at NYSDEC, Mr. Farrar managed a unit responsible for remediation of major hazardous waste sites in New York State, including the Hudson River PCBs Site. He has over 32 years of experience of working in the hazardous waste remedial program. He led the NYSDEC efforts on remedial programs at several major Superfund sites and is considered a subject matter expert in the fields of Site Characterization, Remedy Selection, and Remediation Interpretation of Environmental Quality and Exposure Data and Conceptual Site Model Development and Refinement for hazardous waste sites. Mr. Farrar received his BS (Geology) from the State University of New York at New Paltz

Mr. Field is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications on PCBs and a retired marine biologist and environmental scientist from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) in Seattle. His major areas of expertise include the fate and effects of PCBs and dioxins, development of sediment quality guidelines, ecological risk assessment, the evaluation of physical processes such as sediment transport and hydrodynamic models, geochemistry, toxicology, fisheries, aquatic biology, and database management. He received his MS in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington School of Fisheries, and his BA in Biology (Honors) from the University of Michigan.

About Scenic Hudson
Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Motivated by the beautiful land and the extraordinary people of the region, we use our decades of expertise in preservation, land use, community-based advocacy, and strategic planning to make the valley a better place to live, work, and play for everyone. www.scenichudson.org

About Riverkeeper
Riverkeeper protects and restores the Hudson River, and safeguards drinking water supplies through community partnerships, science, and law. Our core programs improve water quality, restore habitat for an abundance of life, and address the impact of climate change on our waterways. Founded in 1966 as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, Riverkeeper became the model for more than 320 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and helped establish globally-recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection. We continue to work toward the goal of a swimmable, fishable, and drinkable Hudson River for all. Learn more, get updates, and support our work by visiting www.riverkeeper.org.

About Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is a member-supported, nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the Hudson River by inspiring lifelong stewardship of the river and its tributaries through education and advocacy.

About Dr. Aaron Mair
Dr. Aaron Mair is an environmental justice pioneer intersectionality working in the spaces of, health, environment, voting rights, and Disparities over the last 40 years; a 35-year veteran urban environmental activist; regional and national environmental justice organizer; 57th national president of the Sierra Club; and Adirondack Council’s Wilderness Campaign Director “Clean Water, Jobs and Wilderness”.

About Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

About Hudson River Fishermen’s Association
The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries. Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation.

Contacts:
Riley Johndonnell, rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org
(mobile) 415-797-0110
(office) 845-473-4440 x222

Leah Rae
lrae@riverkeeper.org
914-715-6821

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NYC Rally to Protect Pollinators

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 12:26

Photo: National Park Service

Join a NYC rally in support of the Birds and Bees Protection Act at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York (close to 41st and 3rd in Manhattan). The event will take place on the sidewalk outside the office. Gathering begins at 10:40am.

Send a message and urge Governor Hochul to sign the bill into law!

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Riverkeeper celebrates reversal of U.S. Coast Guard Policy on Hudson River Anchoring

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 08:50

Following action from Riverkeeper and local elected officials, the U.S. Coast Guard rescinds policy that would have posed significant risk to endangered species and drinking water sources; announces public participation process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OSSINING, NEW YORK – November 13, 2023 – Today Riverkeeper celebrates a milestone in our campaign to protect the Hudson River from the potential harms that would result from any increase in anchoring by large commercial vessels. The Coast Guard, following a letter from Riverkeeper, has reversed an unlawful policy it adopted in July that allowed commercial vessels to anchor virtually anywhere north of Tarrytown.

Riverkeeper’s letter made clear that the change in policy violated several laws, and that we expect strict limits to be maintained on where, and for how long these large vessels are allowed to anchor in the Hudson. As the Coast Guard moves forward with a new public process to evaluate anchoring needs in the Hudson River, Riverkeeper will continue to focus its efforts on protecting the health and safety of the Hudson River to prevent further damage from the anchoring of large commercial vessels.

“Advocates, communities, and government agencies all have significant concerns over the risks that anchored vessels pose to endangered sturgeon, community waterfront plans, and drinking water sources. Riverkeeper will ensure that the public’s concerns are fully considered in any future proposal for new anchoring regulations,” said Drew Gamils, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney. “Riverkeeper is grateful to Congressman Pat Ryan and other elected officials who helped raise the alarm over the Coast Guard’s actions regarding the Port of New York, and we look forward to a full and transparent process with the Coast Guard moving forward.”

“We won this initial victory because our community stood up and fought together. But unfortunately, we know this success is temporary. Now is the time for all of us to double down on our commitment to stop big corporations from turning our Hudson River into a parking lot for dangerous barges,” said Congressman Pat Ryan. “I’m proud to be joined in this effort by County Executives, State Senators, and State Legislators from across the region who know what’s at stake. It’s up to all of us to protect our kids, our drinking water, and our entire ecosystem.”

The Coast Guard’s new rule temporarily restores the geographic scope of the Port of New York to encompass the Hudson River from New York Harbor to Albany, N.Y. This means that north of Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, unless in the midst of a great emergency, vessels are only permitted to anchor in the designated Hyde Park Anchorage Ground.

As the Coast Guard considers changes to its anchoring regulations and policies in the near future, it will be collecting public comments and feedback through a process called a Notice of Inquiry. Riverkeeper is committed to engaging with the public and amplifying their voices during this period, just as we did in 2016 when communities throughout the Hudson Valley united in opposition to a maritime industry request to vastly expand the designated areas in the Hudson River where commercial vessels are allowed to anchor.

At the time, the tug and barge industry was eyeing a surge in crude oil shipments from the Midwest. The public outcry was huge: The Coast Guard received an unprecedented 10,212 comments, overwhelmingly opposed to the tug and barge industry’s request for 43 new berths in 10 locations along the river. In addition, state, county, and municipal governments sent dozens of local resolutions and numerous letters objecting to the proposal.

“Now is the time for anyone and everyone who cares about the Hudson to stay engaged,” adds Gamils.
More on the issue >

ABOUT RIVERKEEPER
Riverkeeper protects and restores the Hudson River, and safeguards drinking water supplies through community partnerships, science and law. Our core programs improve water quality, restore habitat for an abundance of life, and address the impact of climate change on our waterways. Founded in 1966 as the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, Riverkeeper became the model for more than 320 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and helped establish globally-recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection. We continue to work toward the goal of a swimmable, fishable, and drinkable Hudson River for all. Learn more, get updates, and support our work by visiting www.riverkeeper.org.

Press Contact:
Lauren Daisley
Director of Communications and Marketing, Riverkeeper
ldaisley@riverkeeper.org
(914) 478-4501 x 230

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Advocates celebrate breakthrough in campaign to overhaul flawed Army Corps flooding plan for NY-NJ Harbor

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 06:37

Advocates celebrate breakthrough in campaign to overhaul flawed Army Corps flooding plan for NY-NJ Harbor

New York State directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide comprehensive flood protection to safeguard communities and the region, as requested by a coalition of over 50 organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – November 14, 2023 – Today, a broad group of environmental, civic, and environmental justice organizations celebrate New York State’s action requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to better protect communities and the region from damaging and frequent flooding harms. In response to demands from the public as well as state and federal elected officials, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) last week sent a letter to overhaul the $52.6 billion storm surge protection plan proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The State’s letter triggers a required process in federal law for the Corps to holistically study and provide solutions to address frequent tidal and river flooding, heavy rainfall, groundwater emergence, erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge as a part of the Corps’ New York- New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study. The state’s letter joins concerns raised by a group of 14 bipartisan Members of Congress and 38 New York State legislators.

Specifically, the Corps must:

  • Undertake a “multi-hazard” assessment of the projects in the study, considering all sources of flooding – from heavy rainfall to groundwater inundation to sea level rise – consistent with the requirements of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022;
  • Issue a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, for public review and comment, that includes the new analyses and new or modified alternatives; and
  • Finalize a plan only after completing the above.

NYSDEC also directed the Corps to:

  • Adopt a phased, adaptive management approach, allowing for project modifications based on environmental assessments and community and stakeholder feedback
  • Move individual project elements forward as they are ready, not trying to move the entire suite as one project
  • Hire an external firm to lead outreach and engagement with environmental justice communities, and engage in regular, substantive public discussions

This significant step prevents taxpayers from spending $52.6 billion on the country’s most expensive coastal infrastructure plan and have it only protect the region from one kind of flooding – storm surge. More than 50 organizations in New York and New Jersey have been campaigning for these critical changes to the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study plan, stating that the Corps needs to study solutions that reduce risk and vulnerability from all kinds of flooding, prioritize protections for environmental justice communities, and incorporate nature-based and nonstructural features whenever possible.

We applaud NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos for his leadership to make sure all of the region’s flooding is considered in a comprehensive analysis. New York City has also indicated support for a more multi-hazard approach and improvements to public engagement.

“Now is the moment to fix the Army Corps plan and get the smart, comprehensive flood protections we truly need for New York and New Jersey. Riverkeeper and our partners across the metropolitan region are united in this call for a more effective and just approach, not the massive sea barriers and walls the Army Corps is proposing,” said Riverkeeper President Tracy Brown. “We applaud New York State DEC for stepping up and insisting on a plan that is better for our communities and better for our environment, as Congress has mandated. At this critical juncture we need to get this right.”

“We applaud New York State in calling for a comprehensive approach to flooding — one that prioritizes sound science and engagement with at-risk communities. By requesting changes to this project, we can minimize inequities and costly damage, as well as help communities build the future they deserve,” said Kate Boicourt, director for Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds New York-New Jersey program. “This commitment invokes changes that Environmental Defense Fund, the Rise to Resilience coalition and many partners have fought for in recent years, now setting a precedent for the role environmental, civic and environmental justice advocates can play in future projects.”

“No Army Corps plan can advance without the full buy-in and support from its non-federal sponsors,” said Robert Freudenberg, Vice President for Energy & Environment at Regional Plan Association. “By requesting critical changes to the plan’s approach in its letter to the Army Corps, one of those sponsors – New York – has signaled its alignment with what advocates have been calling for all along: a plan that addresses multiple flooding hazards, not just storm surge, a phased approach to planning and implementation, and better engagement, particularly with environmental justice communities. This is a significant and meaningful step forward toward a better plan and we applaud New York State for taking it, and urge the Army Corps to proceed with a multi-hazard approach that minimizes the impact of flooding for all communities.”

“Logic has prevailed. A one-hazard solution will not propel New York and New Jersey communities forward” said Amy Chester, Managing Director of Rebuild by Design. “Thank you New York State for advocating on behalf of our communities for better, more comprehensive solutions.”

“On behalf of our member organizations, the SWIM Coalition applauds the NYSDEC for supporting our calls for the US Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a more comprehensive, multi-hazard study prior to advancing any work on the NY-NJ Harbor,” said Leonel Lima Ponce, Chair, Steering Committee for the SWIM Coalition. “We have long sought solutions that respond to climate change while also working to improve water quality around NYC. We continue to encourage additional and deep community engagement, inclusive of local waterbody advocates and overburdened waterfront residents.”

“We’re grateful for Commissioner Seggos’ leadership, calling for protections to address numerous damaging flood concerns to protect our homes, communities and beloved parks,” said Lauren Cosgrove, Rockaway resident and Northeast Campaign Director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “The Corps must do better – our way of life depends on the success of this proposal. We need a plan with layers of protection that includes upgraded infrastructure, building retrofits and nature-based solutions, not massive concrete barriers that will make flooding worse.”

“We are past due for large scale investment to protect our city from flooding,” said Willis Elkins, Executive Director of the Newtown Creek Alliance, “but a multi-billion dollar investment needs to address all forms of flood risk and be done so in close conjunction with local communities to properly address their needs and concerns.”

“As a critical partner in the development of a comprehensive resilience plan for the New York and New Jersey Harbor region, New York State has made it clear the Army Corps’ New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study (HATS) must adopt a multi-climate hazard lens. A project of this caliber must incorporate solutions that protect our residents, infrastructure, and natural ecosystems from risks beyond just storm surge. Waterfront Alliance and the Rise to Resilience Coalition have long called for meaningful community empowerment and a more adaptive, iterative approach to this study. We are proud of the sustained advocacy of this Coalition and look forward to continuing to work together toward a better plan for the future of our harbor,” said Cortney Koenig Worrall, President and CEO, Waterfront Alliance.

“New York State’s letter requires the Army Corps to prepare a fuller, more inclusive HATS study, in which serious, present-day threats like rain-driven and sunny-day flooding will be put on equal footing with storm surge, and where community expertise will finally get the respect it deserves,” said Paul Gallay and Victoria Sanders of the Resilient Coastal Communities Project, a partnership between the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and the Columbia Climate School. “This will be well worth the effort. Indeed, it’s the only way the HATS Study can responsibly address the increasingly serious and complex flood risks facing our communities and ecosystems, while prioritizing protections for environmental justice communities and integrating meaningful partnerships with frontline communities at every step of the way.”

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Contacts:
Lauren Daisley, Riverkeeper, ldaisley@riverkeeper.org (914) 478-4501 x 230
Jenny Tolep, Environmental Defense Fund, jtolep@edf.org (248) 410-2666

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Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site – Where are we now, what’s next, and how you can help

Mon, 11/06/2023 - 12:18

Scenic Hudson, Hudson Riverkeeper and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater invite you to join a virtual meeting about the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site – Where are we now, what’s next, and how you can help. The three organizations are a part of the Friends of a Clean Hudson (FOCH), a river-wide coalition focused on monitoring the PCB cleanup in the Hudson River.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency plans to release its draft third Five Year Review of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site for public comment this winter. Through these reviews, required under the federal Superfund law, EPA reports on the status of the cleanup and issues a determination as to whether the selected cleanup remedy is working as intended and is protective of human health and the environment.

Join us to discuss a new independent assessment of EPA’s Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup.

Speakers include:

Althea Mullarkey, Assistant Director Advocacy & Special Project Analyst, Scenic Hudson;
Drew Gamils, Staff Attorney, Riverkeeper;
Kevin Farrar, independent scientist;
Dr. David Carpenter, Professor, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Science, University at Albany

For more information visit riverkeeper.org/pcbs

Photo by Joseph Squillante, 2015

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