Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer On Epa Hudson River Cleanup Recommendation

I strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to remove PCB hot spots from the upper Hudson River. This action will go a long way toward protecting the health of future generations of New Yorkers and restoring the vitality of the river and its ecosystem.

The Hudson River is rich in natural beauty and it is deeply woven into the history of our state and our nation. But we have not always been kind to the river or treated it with respect.

An entire generation of New Yorkers has never known a Hudson River free from PCB contamination. PCBs suspended in the river's water and deposited in its sediment pose a health risk that has denied us full use of the river for too long. Beyond their negative impact on humans, PCBs also harm animals living in and along the Hudson River.

The issue of PCB contamination in the Hudson has been studied long enough. Today's announcement by the EPA is an essential step toward reclamation and true revitalization of this treasured ecosystem.

I commend the work of EPA Administrator Carol Browner and her staff. I call on all New Yorkers to support the EPA in its effort to restore the river to the magnificence and health it deserves. We should not delay a moment longer.