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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

David Whitford
Southside High School class of 1987
1609 Q st. Apt. A
Sacramento , CA
Terry Baker
Mary Beth Gray
816 w Gray St
Elmira, NY
Carol Ellis
74 Cleveland Ave.
Elmira, New York
Tammy Bollen
211 birch st
Elmira, NY
Melissa Mickley
Elmira, NY
Diana Hanchett
Retired nurse
300 south main Street apt 11 a 7
Elmira, New York
Debra VanDelinder
Teacher SHS/EHS
Elmira, NY
Erinn Charlanow
Pine city , Ny
Barbara Sweet
80 Lyons Drive
Horseheads, New York
Ted Dickerson
1725 State Route 14 Spur
Penn Yan, New York
David Sweet
80 Lyons Drive
Horseheads, NY
Mark Farnsworth
Southside High School, class of 1982
21893 Larchmont Way
Ashburn, VA
Cathy Stephens
1104 Warner Rd
Millerton , PA
Rebecca Browne
2498 Freetown Drive
Reston , VA
Michelle Barkdoll
308 Hathorn St
Elmira, Ny
John Phillips
600 Coburn st
Elmira, Ny
Kevin Burris
323 Pioneer Rd.
Painted Post, N.Y.
Mark Emanuel
1198 Maple Ave
Elmira, NY
Karen Davis
SHS Class of 97
608 Mooreland Pl
Elmira, NY
Michaek Vitucci
112 Bennett Circle Extension
Elmira , NY
Kim Burris
42 Lightizer Rd.
Pine City, NY
Erin Schiavone
144 Scenic Drive
Horseheads, NY
Thomas janowski
521 Esty Street
Elmira, NY
jared kennedy
918 W Water St
Elmira, NY
Jerry Buote
157B Veteran Hill Rd
Horseheads, NY
Daryl Denning
9 Highland Dr.
Corning, New York
Andrea Frank
118 Morrow St
Elmira, Ny
Barbara Brooks
1070 Charles st
Elmira, NY
Kasey Ellis
Linda Schornstheimer
413 Hillbrook Road
Elmira, New York
Denise Hamilton
308 Larchmont rd
Elmira, Ny
Former : Mayor, Ecsd board vp, past president RAMS, past president Nysscsba
Joseph Griffin
1319 Pratt St
Elmira, New York
Joshua Burris
801 Indiana Street, Unit 162
San Francisco, CA
Gladys DeRico
520 Phoenix Ave.
Elmira, N.Y.
Molly Winston
801 Indiana St
San Francisco, California
Shannon Schmid
4025 Shady Forge Trl
Arlington, TX
Dr. Nancy Lane
Elmira, NY
Tim Robinson
5926 Lawrence Hill Road
Springwater , New York
Richard. Hurd
923. Hurd. Hill Road
Addison, Ny
Barbara Hurd
923 Hurd. Hill. Rd
Addison, Ny
Toni Mason
1112 Pennsylvania ave
Elmira, NY
Cheryl Tice
Carol Harper
58 Orchard Park Road
Pine City, NY
Tracy Mitrano
Tracy Mitrano for Congress
2350 Lerch Road
Penn Yan, New York
Rebecca Orme
427 Broadway Street Unit B
Elmira, NY
Melissa Watson
1004 walnut street
Elmira , New York
Kara Henry
3128 Bucks Creek Road
Gillett , PA
Michael Shafer
717 Medina Street
Elmira, NY