Target: Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Applaud cleanup of Passaic River in New Jersey
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan that will clean up the Passaic River in New Jersey, to the benefit of humans, wildlife, and our environment. The agency will remove 4.3 cubic million yards of contaminated sediment from the river resulting from the industrial era. A good portion of the contaminated sediment lies in the lower eight miles of the river. Sign this petition and commend the agency for this historic event.
The Passaic River is severely contaminated with several chemicals, including dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants, all of which have been lying in the river for more than a century. The EPA is proposing bank-to-bank dredging – the largest volume the agency has ever done – and follow it with capping the river. The move to clean up the river was based on a seven year study conducted by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study examined the contaminants and the effects it had on the environment and the wildlife. It also analyzed ways it could reduce health risks to humans and the environment.
Dioxin, PCBs, and other contaminants pose a serious health threat to the people who consume fish and crab from the river, hence why the agency is cleaning it up. The Diamond Alkali facility in New York is responsible for the high levels of dioxin in the river. By producing high amounts of Agent Orange and other pesticides in the 1960’s, it generated this chemical, polluting the land and the water. However 100 other companies are also responsible for dumping harmful chemicals into the water.
The agency will also ensure that those who contaminated the water will be the ones who pay for the clean up instead of tax payers. Many of our planet’s waters are still being polluted to this day, whether it be through pesticides or plastic. Cleaning up this waste will take an astronomical amount of time, but it is crucial. Sign this petition and commend the Environment Protection Agency for issuing a clean up for this river.
Dear Administrator Gina McCarthy,
I have recently heard that your administration will be prompting a clean up of the Passaic River in New Jersey. I am writing to commend your agency for this action, and ensuring that those who polluted the river will be the ones cleaning it up. I understand the contaminated sediment in the river is no doubt poisoning humans and our wildlife. It upsets me that pollution is still happening on record levels, but I am relieved to hear of organizations, such as yours, will be cleaning up the waste.
I am deeply pleased to hear that the polluters will be the ones paying for this clean up. As it was their fault for polluting the water, I feel it is only fair that they be the ones who pay for it. I deeply hope that this effort will make the river cleaner and safer for both humans and our environment, and thank you again for initiating the clean up.
[Your Name Here]
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