START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
Nov 4, 2005
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:

Hold GE Accountable for Hudson River Cleanup!

Target: Department of Justice
Sponsor: Scenic Hudson
  • Signatures: 73
  • Goal: 1,500
  • Deadline: Ongoing...
From now until November 14th, we have an historic opportunity to right a 30-year environmental wrong – and your official public comment today is critical.

For 30 years, General Electric dumped more than 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River from their Hudson Falls and Fort Edward plants. More PCBs were used at these two facilities than at any other location nationwide, and the Hudson River remains the largest PCB Superfund site in the United States.

Signs posted along the Hudson river warn of the dangers of eating fish because of PCBs.
PCBs are so dangerous to human health and the environment that their manufacturing was banned in 1977. They are suspected of causing cancer, and have been shown to have effects on neurological, hormonal, and reproductive systems of animals and humans at very low levels. PCBs do not degrade in the environment; they persist for decades and they spread far from where they were originally dumped.

Since 2000, GE has pursued a lawsuit challenging federal Superfund requirements. GE has spent millions of dollars to avoid responsibility for the environmental disaster it created in the Hudson River decades ago. But recently, GE and the Environmental Protection Agency came to an agreement regarding cleanup of the Hudson River. While this agreement is certainly progress, it has serious shortcomings, including a disturbing provision that only requires GE to pay for the first 10% of the cleanup, allowing GE to opt-out of the remaining 90% of the cleanup with no penalties!

We need public input to ensure that GE agrees to and pays for a full cleanup of the Hudson River PCBs, and that GE is held accountable and not allowed to prolong and delay the cleanup process. Click here for more information about the cleanup negotiations and public comment period, and then sign this petition to submit your comment today!

Please sign and spread the word! Less than two weeks for Public Comment! You don't have to live near the Hudson River to sign the Petition. Hold the Big Corporations accountable!  Make them clean up their own messes.
The Hudson River Valley should not be polluted the way it is. It is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in America -- it inspired a whole school of American painting, the Hudson River School!
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Posted: Nov 4, 2005 4:23pm


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