July 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Hudson River Superfund Site Designation In New York City

Meeting Follows Extension of Public Comment Period Pushed By Schumer & Gillibrand. Public Meeting Will Be Held At John Jay College of Criminal Justice In August

New York, NY – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting in New York City on the Hudson River PCBs Five-Year Review Report on August 9th. The meeting follows the extension of the public comment period pushed by Senators Schumer and Gillibrand on the Agency’s second five-year review of the Hudson River polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) Superfund Site originally scheduled to close on June 30th.

“New York City residents deserve to know about the status of the cleanup efforts at the Hudson River Superfund Site and be able to offer their views,” said Senator Schumer. “I’m pleased that the EPA heeded our call and scheduled a public meeting in New York City so that communities along the Lower Hudson River can hear directly from the EPA on this proposed report.”

“It is vital that local residents, community and environmental organizations, business leaders, state, and federal agencies and all other stakeholders have the opportunity to fully review and evaluate the results, and make their voices heard,” said Senator Gillibrand. “It is essential that those who are most directly impacted have a sufficient opportunity to review and respond to the EPA report.”

Details of the public meeting included below:

DATE:           Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TIME:            6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

PLACE:         John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  New Building – Room L.63

  524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

  New York, N.Y. 10019

Earlier this month, Schumer and Gillibrand urged the EPA to hold a public information meeting in New York City regarding the Proposed Second Five-Year Review Report for the Hudson River Superfund Site. The EPA held a public information meeting in Poughkeepsie and Saratoga Springs, however, the lawmakers felt it was important for the EPA to hold an additional meeting in New York City. In May, Senator Gillibrand led the letter urging Administrator Pruitt to incorporate data provided to the EPA as part of its second five-year review to address the current conditions of the Hudson River and provide recommendations to the EPA moving forward.