Group Demands Pollution Be Dumped Back in the Hudson
By Pug Ransom
Published November 1st, 2015
Photo illegally swiped from some guy posing as Matt Wade
ALBANY — Six years after it started its massive $2 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River, General Electric claims it has completed dredging cancer-causing PCBS from the waterway.
But if you think that news is cause for celebration, Rushmore Scramm begs to differ.
“We demand that GE take the PCBs it dredged from the river and put that pollution right back in the goddamn water,” said Scramm, president of Love that Dirty Water United. “Them PCBs never bothered anyone — well, except for the sensibilities of them sissy tree huggers and Save-the-Fish whackos.”
Scramm’s group claims a heavily polluted Hudson River was good for the Capital Region, bringing national attention to the area.
“It gave people something to talk about,” Scramm said. “And you know what they say: Once they stop talking about you, you ain’t important anymore. Well, I think this area is pretty damn important. It’s just too damn bad GE is being forced to dredge our importance straight away from us.”
Under the federal Superfund cleanup overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric removed some 2.75 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper river. Nonetheless, environmentalists say the work amounts only to a “partial” cleanup, since thousands of pounds of PCB-contamination remains in the river sediment.
“We have no idea what Rushmore Scramm is talking about,” said Sawyer Limphand, spokesman for Do-Gooders for a Scenic Hudson. “GE’s work is hardly over. The river’s still polluted.”
But according to Love that Dirty Water United, it’s not dirty enough.
“That pollution is part of our heritage,” said Scramm. “Dirty water and corrupt politicians — that’s what makes the Albany area great. It’s bad enough we already have a hot shot federal prosecutor throwing all the politicians in jail as part of some high-minded crusade to clean up the Capitol. We don’t these other pansies now ranting and raving about cleaning up our water.”