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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

Greetings:

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

Jamie Stickler
432 Schuyler Ave
Elmira, Ny
BILL BATROWNY
95 WEST HILL ROAD A
ELMIRA, NEW YORK
Alicia Hare
933 Fassett Rd.
Elmira, New York
Joel Raatz
1875 my zoar rd
Pine city, Ny
Jessica Emanuel
1054 W Church st
Elmira , NY
Sara Tyler
1950 Hickory Trace Dr.
Fleming Island , FL
Robin Dildine Velez
Class of 1990
Tampa, Fl
Heather Wilbur
828 Maple Ave
Elmira, NY
Marianne Keefe
404 West Hudson Street
Elmira, New York
Dennise Zobel
104 Fairmeadow Drive
Rochester , NY
Sierra Wood
P.o. box 833
Moravia, Ny
Barbara Lipsey
126 Chase Ct
Byron, GA
Amy Engelbert
234 Elmwood Avenue
Elmira Heights, NY
Natalie Ortiz
67 Ballard Oond Drive
Washingtonville , New York
Dina Spallone
54 Dalrymple Ave
Pine City , NY
Alan Cecce
957 Pauline Ave
Pine City, NY
Shonna Cowl
1155 oakdale ave
Elmira, Ny
Palma Jardin
334 Broadway
Elmira, NY
BERNADETTE McLAUGHLIN
410 RACE ST
Elmira, NY
James Waters
375 Jacksonville Rd. 4-101
Warminster, PA
Nicole Drake
113 Arthur ln
Winchester , Va
Melissa Swret
491 Wygant rd
Horseheads, NY
Daniel Mandell Jr.
Mayor
City of Elmira
239 Home Street
Elmira , New York
Devin Coppola
5300 Gatehouse Rd
Tully, NY
Stephanie Gorham
829 roe ave
Elmira , My
Danielle Mawhir
Kelly Carey
968 walnut street
Elmira, Ny
Stacey Miller
Pine city, NY
Lisa Marshall
708 Moss Hill Rd
Horseheads, NY
William Caroscio
925 Fassett Rd.
Elmira, NY
RoseAnn Wylie
12 Hillcrest Road
Elmira , NY
Judy Weiskopff
13 Griffin Lane
Pine City, NY 14871
Eric Auer
1148 Hoffman st
Elmira, NY
Ewa Smering
323 West Clinton St
Elmira, NY
Jamie Briesemeister
Job Coach
REACH Enterprises for adults and Children
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Kelly McGowan
229 Newhall St
Elmira, NY
Jolynn sargent
610 fred st
Elmira, New York
Aaron Hare
2456 Baldwin Cres NE
Washington, DC
Joshua Drehmer
370-E-2nd-St
Corning, New York
Ashley Mckoy
463 Albert Street
Elmira, NY
Christine Duvall
Owner
AML Properties, Inc.
1201 West Church Street
Elmira, New York
Kelly Schrage
36 Palisades Blvd.
Elmira, United States
Kaitlyn Rugiero
Elmira, NY
Julie Crawford
Former Student
15208 21st Ave e
Bradenton , Florida
Susan Buck Downey
958 Lockard Road
Muncy, PA
Bill McCarthy
780 Perine St.
Elmira , N.Y.
Kim Quinn
1101 St Paul St, Unit 1202
Baltimore, MD
Renee Hall
33 Jemison Rd
Rochester, NY
Rodney J. Strange
Chemung County Legislator, 15th District
386 Raecrest Circle
Elmira, New York
Penny Page
1104 Country Lane
Pine City, Ny

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