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Request That Governor Cuomo Require the Former Sperry Remington Site in Elmira, NY and All Legacy Toxic Sites in New York That Have Not Been Remediated After Five Years to Be Comprehensively Cleaned Up as Class 1 Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites

Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


We, the undersigned, write respectfully to request that you immediately require all of the toxic site concerns associated with the former Sperry Remington manufacturing site in Elmira, NY to be consolidated into a single site that is given a Class 1 Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site designation: "Causing or presenting an imminent danger of causing irreversible or irreparable damage to the public health or the environment -- immediate action required."

This action is warranted because it has been more than 20 years since high-level toxic pollution was discovered to have migrated nearly 1,000 feet from the former Sperry Remington factory site to Miller Pond in Elmira, NY. Yet, the full scope of that contaminated property's public health and environmental hazards has neither been fully investigated and delineated nor cleaned up in strict compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements.

The delay in achieving comprehensive clean up in strict compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements is unacceptable given that Elmira High School at 777 South Main Street is built directly on the contaminated site and a responsible party is required to clean it up. In addition, a residential neighborhood adjoining the former factory site has yet to be investigated for toxic pollution threats.

As you will see from the excerpted information provided below for your review, it is inconceivable that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which constitute hazardous waste and other contaminants which exceed clean up requirements have been identified under the Elmira High School's football field, but have yet to be removed.

A wide variety of PCBs, toxic metals and potential cancer-causing agents also have been identified above clean up requirements under widespread areas of the school grounds and in contaminated groundwater. Those wastes also have yet to be removed.

See: Government Data Documenting Environmental Health Concerns at Elmira High School

For all these reasons, we request that urgent action be immediately undertaken to make sure that members of the school community as well as the public at-large cannot come into contact with any documented toxic pollution at the site involving contaminated dirt, indoor or outdoor air pollution, tainted groundwater, surface water or any other medium.

If the responsible party does not agree to remove all toxic pollution that exceeds regulatory requirements without further delay, New York should do so with the assistance of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and seek clean up reimbursement from the responsible party or its insurers.

All sources of toxic pollution must be removed to the fullest degree possible so that the school, nearby residential homes and the surrounding environment can be fully protected from contamination hazards. It is equally imperative that any residual pollution which cannot be removed due to structural constraints must not recontaminate areas that are cleaned up.

With due respect, these common-sense safeguards obviously should have been undertaken decades ago. Unfortunately, New York's on-going failure to clean up this site on a comprehensive basis is replicated at hundreds of legacy toxic sites that are known to have polluted the environment for decades.

This grim scenario underscores the need for dramatic changes to the state's inadequate toxic clean up program. That is why we request that:

First, any toxic site which is deemed to pose public health or environmental hazards due to regulatory exceedances must be cleaned up by responsible parties according to all applicable regulatory requirements within five years. If responsible parties cannot fulfill that obligation, the site must be designated a Class 1 site: Causing or presenting an imminent danger of causing irreversible or irreparable damage to the public health or the environment -- immediate action required. Urgent action must be undertaken by state and federal environmental authorities to resolve those concerns.

Second, New York State must have sufficient toxic site and spill remediation funds to clean up "orphan sites" in a timely fashion when responsible parties do not fulfill their "polluter pays" obligations. New York must increase its pollution clean up funds through dedicated fees.

In conclusion, toxic clean up delays stretching over literally decades must no longer be tolerated in New York. "Environmental justice delayed is environmental justice denied." Toxic polluters must not be allowed to evade their clean up responsibilities at the former Sperry Remington site or similar legacy toxic sites all over New York. State environmental authorities must strictly enforce New York's toxic clean up regulatory requirements or the legal protections are meaningless.

We trust that you will find our request to be self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

Total Signatory Count: 1177

Walter Hang
215 N. Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY
Andy Patros
1127 Pennsylvania Ave
Elmira, NY
Deborah Lynch
Concerned citizen
105 Fletcher St
Horseheads, NY
Michelle Nicholas
562 Beecher St.
Elmira, NY
Doug Couchon
109 Foster Avenue
Elmira, New York
Kim Holmes
600 Coburn Street
Elmira , NY
Jill Wortman
Class of 1992
Southside/Elmira High School Alumni
11705 Village Pond Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sandra Spence
22185 Meadowlake Lane
Great Mills , Maryland 20634
April Ocampo
Elmira, NY
Michelle Morgan
238 Main STREET
Wellsburg , NY
Judy Grover
325 Rock Cabin Rd, Lot 19
Montour Falls, New York
Julie Patros
1127 Pennsylvania Ave.
Elmira, NY
Rick Bachert
584 Maple Ave
Elmira, NY
Stacy Marley
1123 N. Main st
Elmira , Ny
Lisa McDermott-Gaboriault
Elmira/SHS High School Alumni
327 Varney Hill Road
Cayuta, NY
Michelle Jenkins
Retired teacher from Elmira
3063 Lower Maple Ave
Elmira , NY
Janis Jones
Please help
371 East Franklin street
Horseheads , Ny
Brenda Dawson
522 Phoenix Ave
Elmira, NY
Crystal Taylor-lovejoy
Class of 2003
1205 Charles Street
Elmira, NY
Petet Keenan
Chemung County Legislature District 12
Committee to Elect Peter Keenan
572 Thompson St
Elmira , NY
Jennifer Sexton
630 Reynolds Street
Elmira, NY
Sarah Keenan
572 Thompson Street
Elmira , NY
Samantha Osborne
810 South Main Street
Elmira, NY
Chad Fulmer
I still have Family and friends that still live in Elmira and we need to care for our future kids!
4300 Carl Booker Rd.
Milton, Florida
Jenifer Russell
11705 Village Pond Drive
Charlotte, NC
LouAnn Howe
1380 Pennsylvania Ave
Pine City, NY
Nicol Osborne
Homeowner in the residential area of EHS
810 South Main Street
Elmira, NY
Nancy Coldiron
School counselor
94 Briarcliff drive
Horseheads , New York
Sue Muir
Milton, New South Wales. Australia
John Bird
50 level Acres Dr. Lot 2
Horseheads, N.Y.
Roxanne Sullivan
505 Pleasant Street
Elmira, NY
Jhenilynn Stone
63, Pine Hills Drive
Pine city , New york
Amy Pchinow
4162 Day Bridge Place
Ellenton, Fl
Ronald Janeski
264 Laguna Circle
Severna Park , MD
Tracy Nist
409 Balsam St.
Elmira, NY
Christina Peterson
1932 Woods Edge Dr
MIllport, New York
Peggy Bragg
SHS Alumni Class of 1994
705 Rushing Falls Place
Fuquay- Varina, NC
Valerie White
241 Widger Hill Rd
Pine city, NY
Tyler Pribulick
330 Day St.
Horseheads, New York
Floyd Haner
USPS Former Branch President ,
508 Christian Hollow Rd
Pine City, NY
Cynthia Chaffee
932 Monkey Run Road
Elmira , NY
Michelle Cardamone
26 royal crest road
Horseheads , NY
Ian Nagle
777 Dubois St
Elmira, New York
Krista Putney
1647 West Water Street
Elmira , New York
Cody Lundfelt
Karen Keenan
65 Terrace Drive
Fruitland Park, FL
Colleen Bowers
1930 14th Street
Fort Polk, LA
Stephanie Schrage
45 Main Street
Wellsburg, NY
Tammy Fritz
232 Marion St
Elmira, Ny
Lori Tyler Kolba
Horseheads , NY