Tell Governor Hochul: Save the Hudson! No radioactive wastewater in our river!
TAKE ACTION: Please call Governor Hochul at 866-696-8249 and urge her to sign the Save the Hudson bill! (Assembly Bill 7208/Senate Bill 6893) This bill passed with bipartisan support by the New York State legislature in JUNE. Why hasn’t the Governor signed it??
From Grassroots Environmental Education: At the NYS Decommissioning Oversight Board meeting on July 31st, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission representative stated that they are ready to allow Holtec to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River (in September) before receiving complete results of the wastewater testing, which has not yet been conducted. It takes approximately three 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. Checkout this 30 second clip of the exchange at the meeting.
The recent press release and letter to Governor Hochul from the Westchester delegation of the NYS Assembly echo the loud alarm bells that have been blaring regarding Holtec’s reckless plan, further amplifying the call for Governor Hochul to immediately sign the Save the Hudson bill. The letter states, “The idea that Holtec would be permitted to discharge its wastewater into the river before levels of such a contaminant can be verified is alarming. Decisions such as this contribute to mistrust, not just of Holtec, but of the state and federal agencies that are tasked with monitoring them and ensuring their safety.”
Governor Hochul has remained silent about Holtec’s plan to dump over one million gallons of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River, threatening millions of New Yorkers, our precious water supply and our economy. Independent experts agree that the least harmful, most prudent path is safe, secure storage onsite until the tritium, which is radioactive hydrogen, can fully decay. A responsible, comprehensive and transparent state-led waste management plan that includes thorough wastewater investigative testing is critical.
We need folks to keep calling Governor Hochul at 866-696-8249 and urge her to sign the Save the Hudson bill. Thank you!