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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

01-EPA1 on Apr 6, 2001

Letter: a letter to EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman:
Source: Letter to EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman
Dear Administrator Whitman:

We would like to convey our strong support for EPA’s proposal to remove sediment contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the “hot spots” in the upper Hudson River. This clean-up plan is a crucial first step towards restoring the Hudson’s tremendous social, ecological, and economic value for the people of NY and NJ.

The Hudson River has been designated as an American Heritage River. Unfortunately, since 1983, 200 miles of the Hudson have also been designated as a Superfund site due to the damage caused by the estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCBs released by General Electric Company.

PCBs pose a serious threat to public health; they are probable human carcinogens and are known to cause neurological, reproductive, and endocrine disorders. Since 1976, because of PCB contamination, women of childbearing age and children [have been advised] not to eat any fish from any location along the Hudson. Unfortunately, low-income and subsistence fishermen and their families continue to consume fish contaminated with PCBs.

This contamination also adversely impacts longstanding commercial, recreational, and cultural activities on the Hudson River. For example, the commercial striped bass fishery was once a $40 million a year industry. However, due to PCB contamination, the state closed the fishery in 1976, all but ending a way of life along the river.

Environmental dredging in the Hudson will allow future dredging to ensure commercial craft continue to ply the waters of the upper Hudson River, and reduce the adverse affects of PCBs on the aquatic ecosystem. This means EPA’s remediation plan is a critical first step in reducing threats to public health, reviving local economies, reopening recreational opportunities and reinvigorating cultural ties along the river.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 01-EPA1

Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Rob Andrews s1sNew Jersey Democrat (resigned 2014) 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Steve Israel s1sNew York Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Carolyn McCarthy s1sNew York Dem. (retiring 2014) 
Michael McNulty s1sNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Robert Menendez s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Major Owens s1sNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Charles Rangel s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Louise Slaughter s1sNew York Democrat 
Bob Torricelli s1sNJ Former Democratic Senator 
Ed Towns s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Nydia Velazquez s1sNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Anthony Weiner s1sNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 



Republicans participating in 01-EPA1

Mike Ferguson s1sNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Benjamin Gilman s1sNew York Republican 
Peter King s1sNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 



Independents participating in 01-EPA1



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 28
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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