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GE’s HQ Move Doesn’t Lessen its Obligations to the Hudson River

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 -- Scenic Hudson

Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director, Clearwater, 845 807 1270, or mannjo@clearwater.org
Cliff Weathers, Communications Director, Riverkeeper, 914 478 4501, Ext. 239, or cweathers@riverkeeper.org
Althea Mullarkey, Public Policy Analyst, Scenic Hudson, 845 636 0742, or amullarkey@scenichudson.org

CAPITAL REGION/HUDSON VALLEY— Today, GE announced that it will move its headquarters from Connecticut to Boston—even further away from its toxic mess that it plans to leave in the Hudson River. Three leading environmental organizations that for decades have been pursuing a thorough and effective cleanup of GE’s PCB pollution of the Hudson River stated that regardless of where in the world the company moves—its obligations to New Yorkers aren’t changing.

RIVERFRONT ACTION NEWS: Getting to a Complete Hudson River Greenway Trail

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -- Amy Kacala

Recognizing the Hudson Valley’s cultural and natural significance, New York State passed the Hudson River Valley Greenway Act in 1991. It provides an organization and resources to assist communities in implementing collaborative projects to protect and highlight the region’s scenic, ecological and historic treasures. The Greenway now works with 324 eligible municipalities in 14 counties.

RIVERFRONT ACTION NEWS: The Greening of Sleepy Hollow’s Shoreline

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -- Amy Kacala

For 80 years, Sleepy Hollow’s waterfront was an industrial zone, dominated by the 96.5-acre General Motors assembly plant. GM closed the plant in 1996 and demolished the buildings four years later. Since then, the property has gone through a brownfield site assessment and cleanup process, completed last year. Simultaneously, GM and a partner developer created a plan for a mixed-use development that would increase the village’s housing supply by a third.

RIVERFRONT ACTION NEWS: Restoration Plan to Jumpstart the Hudson’s Return

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -- Sacha Spector

The health of the Hudson River is undeniably better these days. Years of investments in new sewage treatment plants, separating stormwater and sewage pipe outflows, tougher pollution regulations and rigorous enforcement is paying off for the Hudson and people along it. Water quality has improved to the point where we can safely swim in the Hudson, in most places, most of the time. Populations of some fish species have stabilized or are beginning to rebound. Increasing numbers of boaters, fishers and shoreline explorers are coming back to the river after decades of staying away.

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