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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

Colleen Lynch
137 Hardie Road
Conklin, NY
Teresa Bruce
53 foster avenue
Elmira, NY
Earl Plate
268 Univeral Ave
Elmira, NY
Patti Sherfey
3600 Watkins rd
Pine valley, Ny
tina heinze
Valerie Colunio
410 Hillview Drive
Elmira , NY
Lisa York
Breast Cancer Survivor 2017
Class of 1987
Elmira, NY
Chris Faulkner
Mary Sue Bennett
44 Panorama Trail
Rochester , NY
Rebecca May
509 Harper st.
Elmira, Ny
Kathi Strange
386 raecrest cir
Elmira, NY
Helen May
2782 south broadway lot 112
Wellsburg, Ny
Vera Gee
503 davies
Elmira, Ny
Kathy Worth
2197 SE Morningside Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL
Michaela Marrone
446 W Clinton St Apt B
Elmira , NY
Sherrie Cuozzo
146 Lewis Rd
Pine City, NY
Teresa English
Class of 1987 SHS
103 Tanglewood Ln
Thonotosassa , Fl
Jim Carr
4895 Pinecrest Rd.
Millport , NY
Darcy Baker
985 Hudson acres drive
Pine city, Ny
Diana Maher
926 Sycamore Street
Elmira, NY
REBECCA FORSYTH
NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE/GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
RUTGERS SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
518 BROADWAY
Elmira, New York
Gary Bailey
13 Alvord Drive
Elmira, NY
Tara Escudero
624 Perine St
Elmira, NY
Kathleen Coleman
376 Coldbrook Dr
Elmira, NY
Jerome Emanuel
Jerome for Chemung County Executive
1054 W Church St
Elmira , NY
Katherine Collins
887 Upland drive
Elmira, Ny
Kelly Squires
Associate Broker
Pine city, Ny
Kathy Mood
1606 Penna. Ave.
Pine City, New York
Ann Chalk
378 E Center St
Elmira, NY
Jane Peterson
922 Lackawanna Ave
Elmira, NY
Andra Russell
83 River Drive
Elmira, NY
Mary Thorpe
Director
NYPAN of the Southern Finger Lakes
1220 Langford Creek Road
Van Etten, NY
Mary Worth
Realtor
Howard Hanna
504 East Lake Rd
Penn Yan, NY
Debra J Hulslander
105 Fenner Avenue
Troy, PA
Leeanne Osborn
453 Albert Street
Elmira, NY
Matthew Ocampo
Elmira , NY
Amanda White
560 baty street
Elmira, Ny
Melissa rinker
77 comfort road
pine city , ny
Amanda Domineske
26 Palisades Blvd
Elmira , Ny
Christy Kennedy
Teacher
Elmira city school district
918 west water st
Elmira, New York
Jennifer Bly
305 Watkins Rd #84
Horseheads, NY
Anna Catherine Stowell
Retired, GST BOCES
1110 Hoffman St
Elmira , NY
Larry and Nancy Russell
Happily Retired
Retired
1245 Glenwood Heights Road
Ithaca , New York
Carolyn Martone
Elmiracityschools
196 Arthur street
Horseheads , NY
Tina Radford
P.O. Box 302
Odessa, NY
Colleen McLaughlin
Kenneth Berbary
56 Lacy St.
Avoj, NY
Sherry Fleming
762 cedar st
Elmira, Ny
Christina Sonsire
45 Saddle Ridge Drive
Elmira, United States
Charles Butler
332 E Fulton St
Ephrata, PA

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