Clearwater Welcomes Hudson River Study

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In an announcement from Governor Cuomo on December 20, a study reviewing sediment and fish testing from the Department of Environmental Conservation confirms that the Hudson River PCB Cleanup is not complete.

General Electric’s remediation efforts have not met cleanup goals and the remaining PCB contamination continues to pose a threat to public health and the environment, reports the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

This is a critical step towards environmental justice” said Greg Williams, Executive Director for Clearwater. “While we all can appreciate how much cleaner the Hudson River appears in the last fifty years, thousands of us depend on it for food and are still living with PCB-contaminated fish.

Since 2015, G.E. and EPA have argued whether the dredging was sufficient to address G.E.’s liability under CERCLA. Governor Cuomo’s announcement says that if EPA fails to hold G.E. accountable for reducing PCB’s in the river enough to make eating fish safe, New York State will sue.

Clearwater Board Member, Aaron Mair commented, “Given the past two years of significant environmental reversals, I am heartened that Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed back against GE’s failed dredging remedy that has still left America’s Heritage River, the Hudson impaired with a serious threat.”

The Clean Water Act is clear in that the law requires General Electric to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Hudson River. Any regulatory decision or action that allows GE to fail and fall grossly short of complying with the law is a grave injustice to all Americans who seek basic corporate accountability and an injustice to the countless families (two generations of my family) who still depend on the Hudson River’s bounty as subsistence,” added Aaron Mair.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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