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Post date: July 24 2001

Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Regarding The Pending Hudson River Pcb Decision

My staff has learned that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering a restructuring of the PCB remediation plan for the Hudson River. The new approach would call for a limited PCB dredging pilot project to be followed by years of additional study and analysis.

This is a very disappointing development, but it is not unexpected given the Bush administration's deplorable record of weakening and abandoning environmental protections.

We in New York now face a major challenge. This is already the most studied toxic site in the nation. We know that the river definitely is not cleaning itself, and that for long-term health and environmental reasons, the PCBs must be removed.

Anything less than a comprehensive cleanup is simply unacceptable. The administration must reconsider its approach. If it fails to do so, my office will review all options available to ensure that federal law requiring cleanup of toxic sites is properly implemented.