Clean Up Contaminated Landfills

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Target: Captain Daniel Darrah of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Goal: Clean up the Hague Dump and other contaminated landfills in New York to prevent further environmental damage.

The Hague Dump is a 4.5-acre landfill just outside of Warren County, New York. It has been an eyesore to the city for years. The land, now a vacant lot due to the mass accumulation of waste, pollutes the wildlife around it and has been untouched for years. Racking up nearly $15,000 in tax debt, it is an environmental and financial black hole. Still, the county weighs the costs and benefits of cleaning this patch of forgotten land.

The Hague Dump operated as a functional landfill until the 1960s. During this time, it accumulated acres of waste that have since been buried beneath the surface. Old vehicles, boats, 50-gallon drums, metal, plastic, and garbage occupy this large hole. While there is, currently, no indication of contamination on the site, the contents of the 50-gallon drums remain unknown. Contamination has been found at two nearby sites, both of which are also awaiting cleanup. The county estimates that the entire cleanup effort would cost about 2.8 million. While the state has agreed to compensate the county for ninety percent of this sum, the remaining ten percent has been enough to halt the effort entirely.

Your signature below will encourage the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to advise and initiate a cleanup of the Hague Dump. This will free the land from further contamination and enable plant and animal life to thrive once again.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Captain Darrah,

The Hague Dump has become more than an eyesore to the community of Granite, New York. Home to a 4.5 acre abandoned landfill, this abandoned lot is taking a toll on its surrounding environment.

The Hague Dump houses waste from its many years in use. This waste includes buried vehicles, boats, metal, plastic, and 50-gallon drums filled with unknown contents. While contamination of this site is unconfirmed at this time, two of the surrounding sites have been tested and are contaminated.

Though the financial cost of cleanup is great, the cost to the environment from doing nothing is greater. Please advise Warren County officials to initiate a cleanup of this hazardous dump and give the surrounding ecosystem a chance to rejuvenate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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