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February 2023 EA E-News Update

Public Health and Safety Impacts of Decommissioning Indian Point:  On January 26 Grassroots Environmental Education, Clearwater and the United for Clean Energy Convergence hosted the first in a series of forums about health and safety impacts of the decommissioning of Indian Point. The forum featured several speakers, including Dr. Helen Caldicott, Acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, who discussed  the human health impacts of nuclear facilities.  View the recording and access panelist slides and other resources.

The next forum, scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 4 PM. will feature Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear engineer, researcher and author, who will explain how the treatment system for radioactive water works, what it can or cannot achieve, why tritium, which cannot be filtered out of water, is a real concern and what discrete radioactive particles are.  He will be joined by Dr. Kathy Nolan, an MD with pediatric expertise and moderated by Courtney Willimas, PhD. Register to attend.


Suggest listening to this excellent podcast as well.  Tritium Exposé – Nuclear Energy Info 

Earlier this month on February 2, Clearwater also participated in a meeting of the New York State Decommissioning Oversight Board (NYS DOB)View the recording of the meeting.

Municipal Outreach Efforts underway for Hudson River Fish Consumption Advisory:

As a result of General Electric’s releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the upper Hudson River between 1947-1977 from facilities in Hudson Falls and Ft. Edward, making the Hudson River the largest Superfund site in the United States. The contamination includes water, sediment, and wildlife, including fish across over 200 miles of the Hudson River, from Hudson Falls to Manhattan. PCBs are known to cause health issues including low birth weight and reproductive and immunological problems, and are suspected to cause cancer (USEPA). Fish in the Hudson River are contaminated with PCBs, which can be transmitted to humans through eating contaminated fish.  Given these risks, the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) maintains Health Advisories for fish consumption, including what demographics can consume which species,in what regions, and both how much and how often each type can be consumed.  Learn more and explore the fish consumption advisory.   

Earlier this month, Clearwater contacted over 50 municipalities sharing consumption guidelines and information on how municipalities can obtain free educational signage to educate the public about the guidelines. If you live in or visit a Hudson River shoreline community which could use more PCB educational signage, please refer the municipality to the Department of Health, which has signs in several languages available free of charge.

Take Action: The comment Period for the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (NYNJ HATS) remains open until March 7.  The US Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on the Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement until March 7, 2023.  The study is a result of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 which charged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) with evaluating and selecting potential solutions to mitigate the impacts of coastal storms on the Harbor and Hudson River.  In 2018, five proposed alternatives were unveiled for public comment, ranging from No Action (relying on existing measures and those already in the planning process) to constructing massive in-water storm barriers that would have closed the Hudson River off from the Atlantic Ocean during storms. The massive in-water barriers would have posed an existential threat to the Hudson River ecosystem and would have failed to address sea-level rise or heavy precipitation events.  After significant public outcry, and a several year funding gap, the ACOE has tentatively selected Alternative 3B, consisting of Multi-basin Storm Surge Barriers with Shore-Based Measures. Learn more about Alternative 3B, review the study, and submit comments on the ACOE website.

(Additional note from NYCFC: Also please note that the New York District has announced a further extension to the public comment period for the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study Draft Integrated Feasibility and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement that was released in September 2022. The public comment period closing date has been extended from March 7, 2023 toMarch 31, 2023)

SKIP THE STUFF BILL by Edie Kantrowitz

On February 2, 2023, Mayor Eric Adams signed into law the “Skip the Stuff Bill,” Intro 559-A, limiting the distribution of single-use plastic and foodware items in NYC. Under this new law, takeout and food delivery services are prohibited from including such items unless specifically requested by the customer. Mayor Adams said the goal of the law is “preventing unused plastic from ending up in our landfills and making our city greener for generations to come.” Food service establishments will face fines between $50 and $250 for non-compliance. The law will include a warning period before fully going into effect on July 1, 2024.

NYC has already banned polystyrene foam containers in 2019, and in 2021 passed a law banning plastic straws and beverage stirrers at foodservice locations except by customer request. Now prohibited, unless specifically requested, will be all plastic utensils, condiment packets, extra containers and napkins. This will not only help prevent waste and keep materials out of our landfills, but it will also save restaurants money on packaging, and help consumers avoid unnecessary clutter. Approximately 20,000 tons of the city’s plastic foodware ends up in landfills or incinerators each year, according to Raine Manley, a member of the Reusable NYC coalition and regional digital campaign director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Reducing the production of plastics, which are made with fossil fuels, also helps directly to fight climate change.

So with this new law, we are now taking another very significant step to reducing our waste, and moving away from the “throw-away culture” that threatens our sustainability and survival on this planet. But there’s more to be done. Let’s keep thinking about our carbon footprints and sustainability in everything we do!


Support native plants was the message from Eman Rashid at the 2/17 gathering of NYC Friends of Clearwater.
Rashid is founder and director of Brooklyn Seeds, supporting community gardens and involving kids in the environment.
What she emphasized was that New Yorkers often don't realize what supports the environment vs. what looks good.
Pretty flowers and plants, she said, aren't necessarily what helps what makes things better for us. Instead, she recommends native plants that draw caterpillars (and butteflies), moths (gasp, along with me) and birds.
These, she said, help support our own natural environment and also do the best for the planet.
Specific recommendations for New York City include native oak and walnut trees and willows, plus a lot of plants categorized as weeds, such as goldenrods, though black-eyed susans rate too, Gotta also include my personal favorite, that helps cure poison ivy, jewel weed. In fact a big part of Rashid's message was to not necessarily reject what people categorize as weeds.
To find out more, Eman recommends the books of Doug Tallamy.
And to learn more about her work or join in, go to brooklynseeds.org.


The Colorado River is a resource for 40 million Americans or nearly one-eighth our country. It serves as a water supply for farming, and for people’s daily water needs in seven states: New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona in the southwest, and the more northern states of California, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Areas of this national wealth, the river and the lands along its banks, are preserved as national parks and national wilderness areas. This was implemented mainly by the conservation movement a century ago,and has become especially poignant as these national wealth regions are becoming depleted of H20, the resource necessary for life.  In 1922 these seven states signed the Colorado River Compact, concerning the distribution of Colorado River H20 supply to these states. Currently, a problem exists due to drought as the Colorado now meets only one half the water supply agreed to in the 1922 Compact. California is suffering its worst drought in over a century, and the Colorado River supply is a factor in this drought. The decreased amount of H20 from the Colorado River is affecting California, and since California is the world’s fourth largest economy, the H20 supply will affect economics also.

The levels of H20 levels are also so low now in Lake Mead, which the Colorado River flows into, that the lake’s level on 1/23/23 only rose to 1040 feet. Lake Mead is on the Nevada-Arizona border and supplies H20 to 25 million people.  If levels drop to 1025 feet, more severe cuts in water supplied to farmers and consumers than those already mandated by the 1922 Compact will need to be made. The height of the H20 level in Lake Mead must be 950 feet as a minimum for the generation of hydroelectric power from Hoover Dam. Below 895 feet, H20 will no longer flow past the dam, a condition called ‘deadpool.” The California government now mandates rationing H20. According to Eric Kahn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, “there exists a greater use of H20 than nature is going to provide.”

California suffered severe flooding recently with considerable property damage. This might make it seem they have an abundance of H20 yet ironically, as explained above, the drought in California is the worst in about a century.

With relatives by marriage in Colorado, California and Arizona these severe droughts are of concerns for me.

The fact is that despite the agendas of POTUS 45, science, climate change and concerns about the environment should not have been ignored and rejected in his administration. POTUS 45, inconsiderate of science, climate change, the environment and human life, compromised our environment for corporate greed and plunder. With POTUS 45 ignoring the environment, considerable H20 shortage, property damage and destruction by flooding have already occurred from climate change. These problems resulted from corporate plundering, and a lack of conscience regarding human sustainability that compounded massive real property destruction.

The Arctic region and Greenland have experienced massive ice glaciers melting due to climate change, causing a rise in the H20 level in the Gulf of Mexico as well as other areas. There has also been a rise in the H20 temperature in this important H20 area, the Gulf, which is causing flooding and hurricanes as the warm air unleashes more moisture into the atmosphere. The floods and hurricanes have already caused billions of dollars of property damage while endangering the national navy base in Virginia. It must be understood that climate change, beside being a real property problem, is also a national security issue.

All Hands On Deck!

HRSC logo 200x185All Hands On Deck!
A Fundraiser Concert for Clearwater

Friday, April 29, 2016     Doors Open 6:30PM
2 West 64th Street in Manhattan
at the NY Society for Ethical Culture


On Friday, April 29th, NYC Friends of Clearwater (NYCFC) and the New York Society for Ethical Culture will partner to create a very special evening.   “All Hands on Deck:  A Fundraiser for Clearwater” will feature an amazing line-up of performers sharing their talents in a benefit concert to help keep both the Sloop
Clearwater and Pete Seeger’s legacy afloat. 


With Kim & Reggie Harris, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus, The Peace Poets, Judy Gorman, The Ebony Hillbillies, and Bev Grant, this is one you won’t want to miss!  The event will also include a silent auction, and some special surprises!


Proceeds from this concert will go directly to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (HRSC), the organization that keeps the Clearwater on the river.


Below is a link to where you can buy your tickets online. While there, please consider joining or renewing your membership in HRSC and/or in NYCFC.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

The performance begins at 7:00pm.

Tickets start at $20.00, & can be  purchased here: 


For questions, call John at 212-316-1654

Tickets can also also be bought at the door on the day of the concert. However, it is helpful if you order online, up to the day before the concert.


You can also access flyers to print or share:
Full page: click HERE.
Half page, 2-up: click HERE.
4"x6" card size: click HERE.


This concert has been co-sponsored by:


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