Hudson Valley residents and elected officials are expressing major concerns about a proposal by the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt regulations that would establish 10 new anchorage grounds for barges and other vessels in the Hudson River between Kingston, Ulster County, and Yonkers, Westchester County. The proposal is the result of a request from the maritime industry, which anticipates transporting higher volumes of crude oil and refined petroleum products through the region due to the lifting of a federal ban on their exportation.
It was on my family’s boat that I first learned to love the Hudson River. Back then, in the late 1960s, my boyhood haunts of Nyack and Piermont were struggling, the river polluted. Unbeknownst to me, Pete Seeger and his friends were launching Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, while Franny Reese and other founders of Scenic Hudson were fighting to save Storm King Mountain. The times indeed were a-changing.
In this audio commentary, recorded for midhudsonnews.com in mid-January 2017, Ned Sullivan celebrates three recent announcments from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will offer lasting benefits to the Hudson Valley and its environment.
Andy Bicking, Scenic Hudson Director of Public Policy & Special Projects 914 489 1568
Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Conservation Director 518 426 9144
New data supports Department of Health finding that anglers are consuming contaminated fish above safe levels—low-income minorities at greatest risk
Ned Sullivan, Scenic Hudson President, 914 489 4630
Andy Bicking, Scenic Hudson Director of Public Policy & Special Projects, 914 489 1568
HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Scenic Hudson applauds Gov. Andrew Cuomo for continuing to build on his strong environmental leadership in priorities he outlined in today’s State of the State address. Chief among these is an unprecedented investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in the Hudson Valley and other parts of the state, and a renewal of a $300-million investment in the annual appropriation for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).
Reactors scheduled to cease operations within four years
Spent fuel will be transferred to secure “dry cask” storage
More inspections of vital components will be required during operations
$15 million environment and community fund established