Hudson River Advocates Take Anti-PCB Fight to Albany

ALBANY, NY – Public health advocates joined Hudson River fishers, boaters and municipal officials to urge GE to address its outstanding obligations — beyond the current EPA-mandated project — to do much more to clean up the Hudson River at an Albany news conference here Thursday, May 28.

The groups cited new scientific evidence — including a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — showing that significantly more PCB removal must be done before the Hudson’s fish can become safer for the public and commercial and recreational use of the river can recover.

“GE dumped the PCBs into the river, and if it doesn’t remove more of them, we’re left with a 200-mile long Superfund site which is a danger to the health of anyone who breathes the air along the Hudson or who boats on or fishes in the river,” said Dr. Kathleen Nolan of Physicians for Social Responsibility-New York and a longtime public health advocate.

Sponsored by the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson’s lead groups — Clearwater, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson — the news conference is part of a Hudson River Advocacy Day in the Capital, which includes visits by Cleaner Hudson to key legislators who represent districts along the river.

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