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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

Jessica Root
278 Curtis street
Elmira, New york
Andrew Kelly
1829 state route 34
Lockwood, NY
Shannon Niver
505 Shappee St, N/A
Horseheads, NY
Cynthia Gingras Jones
1125 NW 24th Ave
Cape Coral, Fl
Christopher Wheeler
109 N. Sage st.
Horseheads , New York
Elise Speck
740 Middle Road
Horseheads , NY
Herb Wild
Retired
Retired MSGT U.S.A.F. Retired NYS Dept of Correctional Services
403 Race Street
Elmira, NY
Nikkol Chiguma
8 Elisabeth Ln
Binghamton, NY
Melissa Milazzo
Elmira , NY
Elizabeth Smith
1001 Deyo Road
Corning , NY
Larissa Maxwell-singleton
207 Spaulding
Elmira, Ny
Michelle Vesneske
755 Pennsylvania Ave
Elmira, NY
Joe Duffy
Councilman
City of Elmira
328A Irvine Place
Elmira, New York
Andrew Degnan
380 Coldbrook Dr
Elmira, NY
Gene Clark
1159 Stringtown rd
Corinth , Ky
Joanne Sheahan
1167 Hoffman st
Elmira, Ny
Michele Ortell
3058 Smith Rd
Wellsburg, NY
Tammy Pipe
261 Curtis St
Elmira, NY
Karen Nelsen
14587 Serenoa Dr
Jacksonville , FL
Mary Meisner
406 shelbourne st
Horseheads, Ny
Nick Ahearn
Organizer
IBEW
76 Lyons Dr
Horseheads, NY
Matthew Nagle
3315 County Route 28
Watkins Glen, New York
Richard Lewis
304 Fairway Ave
Elmira, NY
Julie Lewis
304 Fairway Ave
Elmira, NY
Barbara Bolt
205 Birch St
Elmira, NY
Lynn Brewer
Ms.
100 Curren Drive
Elmira, NY
Kara Argetsinger
11 Roricks Glen Pkwy
Elmira , Ny
David Cole
Elmira Southside Class of 2000
32 Dock Lane
Salisbury, Massachusetts
Christian Kuczynski
368 Wallace Pl.
Elmira, NY
John Burin
1270 N. Hoffman Road
Elmira, New York
Rod May
781 cedar st
Elmira, Ny
Allison Quinn
N/A
6816 N Ashland Blvd
Chicago, IL
Nicole Swan
231 Pritchard Avenue, Apt. 201
Corning, NY
Denise Nagle
777 Dubois st
Elmira, NY
Kathryn Cook
Elmira, Ny
Tracy Ludwig
668 Quaker Meeting House Rd
Honeoye Falls , NY
Cathy Ciarro ca
1475 Caton Avenue
Elmira, NY
Mark Herrick
107 Demarest pkwy
Elmira, NY
Virginia Campbell
988 Hudson Acres Dr
Pine City, NY
Cheri Andrus
Parent
725 W FIRST ST
ELMIRA, NY
william rarey
P.O. Box 159
Achilles, VA
Stephen Nagle
732 Reservoir St
Elmira, NY
Tracy Chedzoy
212 East Fourth St
Watkins Glen, NY
Colleen Maher
113 Glen Ave
Elmira , NY
Maegan Sheets
SHS class of 2011
8 Bly Rd
Pine City, NY
Michael Booker
41 Hazelwood
Elmira, New Your
Karen Biesanz
215 Watauga Ave.
Corning, NY
Michael Krusen
406 Rambler Road
Elmira, New York
Jackie Good
128 Forky Farm Rd.
Bruceton Mills, WV
Karen Dean Phillips
951 Erie Street
Elmira, New York

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