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Gillibrand: Irresponsible for EPA to stop PCB dredging before the job is finished
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse its decision to stop polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) dredging in the Upper Hudson River.
Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan helps turn about state policy
New York State and federal officials are stepping up to join Scenic Hudson in pressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to demand additional cleanup of Hudson River PCBs by General Electric. The new wave of government actions follows a series of briefings Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan—a former high-ranking state environmental official in New York and Maine—provided on the health, environmental and economic risks posed by hundreds of acres of contamination that GE’s cleanup failed to address.
HUDSON VALLEY—Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan praised New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for putting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on notice that General Electric’s cleanup of cancer-causing PCBs in the Hudson River has failed to meet the agency’s explicit goals and that the EPA cannot certify the work as complete under provisions of federal law.
HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Scenic Hudson applauds today’s decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to restart the state’s environmental review process for a major Albany crude-by-rail facility’s Clean Air Act permit. DEC announced that it will treat Global Companies’ air permit renewal application for its Albany Terminal as an entirely new application due to newly discovered information and environmental conditions, and will require additional information and testing from Global before it will issue a permit.
We’re encouraged by a decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that opens the door to a more thorough public review of the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines project, which if allowed to proceed could turn the Hudson Valley into a superhighway for transporting crude oil and other petrochemicals. Scenic Hudson commends yesterday’s issuance of a “positive declaration” of significance under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) for the Pilgrim Pipelines project.