The following municipalities have passed resolutions opposing the dumping of radioactive water into the Hudson River:
City of Beacon
Town of Clarkstown
Town of Cortlandt
Village of Croton-on-Hudson
Village of Dobbs Ferry
Village of Irvington
Town of Mamaroneck
Town of North Salem
Town of Orangetown
Village of Ossining
City of Peekskill
Village of Port Chester
Village of Rhinebeck
Town of Rhinebeck
Town of Stony Point
Village of Tarrytown
Village of Wesley Hills
Elected Officials are United: No Contamination of the Hudson River!
Instead of seeking (and paying for) safer alternate methods to handle and dispose of the radioactive waste from the former nuclear power facility at Indian Point, Holtec International, the company decommissioning the facility, has notified the NYS Decommissioning Oversight Board that it plans to discharge radioactive wastewater from the fuel pools into the Hudson River this summer."
Update: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) representative at the NYS Decommissioning Oversight Board meeting on July 31 stated that the NRC is ready to allow Holtec to discharge radioactive wastewater in September, before receiving complete results of the wastewater testing. It takes approximately 3 months to assess the presence of Strontium-90, a radionuclide that is easily absorbed into plant and animal tissue and is linked to bone cancer and leukemia. Read the letter to Governor Hochul from the Westchester delegation of the NYS Assembly. Read the press release.
The Save the Hudson bill S6893(Harckham)/A7208(Levenberg) passed unanimously (63-0) in the NYS Senate and in the NYS Assembly (100-44). The bill prohibits discharging radioactive waste into the Hudson River. Governor Hochul needs to immediately sign it into law before Holtec starts discharging into the Hudson this summer.
Read the letter from NYS Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer.
How many residents of New York will become ill or develop life-threatening illness because of this exposure is unknown. However, as noted epidemiologist Dr. David Carpenter has stated, "If a substance causes cancer, there is no amount of it that does not cause cancer." In other words, dilution IS NOT the solution to pollution.
Comments of Westchester CE George Latimer
Across New York State, public officials recognize the serious health, environmental and economic impacts of Holtec's plan for New Yorkers from NYC and the Hudson Valley region, impacting real estate, recreation, tourism, a vital ecosystem and water supply. They are passing resolutions and demanding that state officials stop the intentional contamination of the river.
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