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"Our Shared Toxic Inheritance"
By David Fleming, Supervisor Town of Nassau, Rensselaer County, NY

RE: The EPA and Dumping "Treated" Toxic waste into the watershed and waterways of Columbia County's Valatie Kill, Stockport Watershed and tributaries to the Hudson River...

OPINION A4 Friday, February 28, 2014 REGISTER-STAR/COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA Register-Star MARK P. VINCIGUERRA Publisher THERESA E. HYLAND MARY E. DEMPSEY Executive Editor City Editor OUR VIEW Remembering a friend ‘If I had been going down the other side of Madison Avenue, I’d be in the dry-cleaning business today.’ — Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss P erhaps not one of his more famous quotes such as any of the rhyming verses of “Green Eggs and Ham” or “The Cat in the Hat,” the statement above shows how close the world came to never knowing the Lorax, Thing 1 and Thing 2. the Grinch, or Yertle the Turtle. Born on March 2, 1904, the man who would become synomymous with children’s books and stories, almost gave up writing after too many rejections. According to history.com, Geisel, after the 27th rejection of his manuscript, was walking home with a clear plan in place — burn the book when he got home. Instead, he ran into a friend who’d just started a job at Vanguard Press in the children’s literature division. As we all know, Geisel did not burn the manuscript and he did not pursue a career in dry cleaning. Instead, the work “And to Think I Saw It on Mulbury Street” launched the writer who would be come known as Dr. Seuss. Students of literature might be interested to note that much of Seuss’s work is written in anapestic tetrameter, a poetic meter that was often used in formal English poetry. It has been described as “breezy and melodic” and clearly appeals to both readers and listeners. At the time of his death on Sept. 24, 1991, there were 200 million copies of his books, translated into 15 different languages. Since then, sales continue to climb, estimated at more than 300 million since 1991. From the printed page to the small screen, the work of Dr. Seuss has followers around the world. Perhaps one of the best ways to celebrate his birthday this weekend is to visit a local library and remind yourself why he one of our most enduring children’s authors. And, should you need inspiration, remember as the good “doctor” so eloquently said at the close of his last book: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way!” Register-Star Columbia-Greene Media The Register-Star is published Tuesday through Saturday mornings by Columbia-Greene Media, 1 Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, N.Y. 12534, a subsidiary of Johnson Newspaper Corp. All republication rights reserved. HUDSON, N.Y., USPS 253620: Postmaster; Send address changes to The Register-Star, 1 Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, N.Y. 12534. The Register-Star is entered as a periodical material at the post office in Hudson, N.Y. 12534 and additional mailing offices. Newspaper Rates: Daily (Newstand) 1.00 Motor Route (6 Months) $91.00 Saturday (Newstand) $1.75 Motor Route (1 Year) $182.00 Motor Route (3 Months) $45.50 Mail Subscription (1 Year Prepaid) $244.65 The Register-Star is the official newspaper for: Columbia County; the City of Hudson; the Towns of: Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Claverack, Clermont, Gallatin, Germantown, Ghent, Greenport, Kinderhook, Livingston, Pine Plains, Red Hook, Stuyvesant, Taghkanic; the Villages of: Philmont, Valatie; the following school districts; Chatham Central, Germantown Central, Ichabod Crane Central, Kinderhook Central, Red Hook Central, Rhinebeck Central, Taconic Central; and Columbia-Greene Community College. PRICES ARE SUBJECTED TO CHANGE: Columbia-Greene Media continues to make a concerted effort to keep the cost of subscriptions at a minimum for our readers. When a price changes, each subscriber’s period will be adjusted based on the balance left on each subscriber’s account. *The Thanksgiving home delivery edition will be charged at the current retail rate which will be reflected in your invoice. How to Contact Us: To submit a news story or purchase a display advertisement by phone: Call Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at: (518) 828-1616. Outside the area, call toll free: (800) 400-4496 To submit a news story or purchase a display advertisement in person: Come to 1 Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To send materials to us by fax or mail: Send proposed copy, a contact name, address and phone number to: Fax: (518) 671-6043 Mail: Columbia-Greene Media, 1 Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, N.Y. 12534. E-Mail: editorial@registerstar.com To order home delivery or discuss a delivery problem: Call the Circulation Department at (518) 828-1616 or (800) 400-4496 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Who we are: Publisher: Mark Vinciguerra, ext. 2401, mvinciguerra@registerstar.com Dir. of New Business Dev.: Jim Gibbons, ext. 2461, jgibbons@registerstar.com Advertising Director: Pamela Geskie, ext. 2411, pgeskie@registerstar.com Circulation Office: ext. 2329, subscriptions@registerstar.com Business Office: Tammi Ullrich, ext. 2402, tullrich@registerstar.com Executive Editor: Theresa E. Hyland, ext. 2470, thyland@registerstar.com Johnson Newspaper Corp. John B. Johnson Jr. Chairman Harold B. Johnson II Vice Chairman, President John B. Johnson Chief Executive Officer Ann Johnson-Kaiser Secretary MYVIEW Our shared toxic inheritance By David Fleming, Supervisor this day. In the past, the chemicals freely left the site contamiI write to commend the Regis- nating the Valatie Kill, Nassau Lake, Kinderhook Lake and the ter-Star for their coverage and editorial advocacy relating to the Hudson River estuary system. Since the site was closed, a Dewey Loeffel Toxic Superfund Site in the Town of Nassau. This series of remediation actions by the state and federal government site has impacted numerous have been undertaken to address towns and at least two counties this contamination. To date, none during the last fifty years of of these actions have been comremediation failures. prehensive and some have been The recent actions of several what I frequently have termed Columbia County towns and the Band-Aids on bullet wounds. A County itself, demonstrates our comprehensive approach is truly shared desire for clear communi- needed to address our toxic legacation, effective toxin clean up cy and our uncertain future. and commitment to the health of Most recently, EPA has conour residents. structed a water treatment facility As many now know, the at the site that when fully operaLoeffel site is an unlined landfill tional, will discharge treated concontaining two times the contam- taminated groundwater directly ination of the infamous Love into the Valatie Kill. Currently, Canal - approximately 46,000 treated and tested groundwater tons of a toxic cocktail of sludge, totaling approximately 100,000 waste oils, solvents, PCBs and gallons have been discharged numerous other chemicals. from storage tanks at the facility The bottom of the toxic site is which is running at a very low composed of fractured bedrock level of operational capacity. I which is seeping chemicals into remain deeply concerned about the surrounding groundwater to the ultimate discharge from this Town of Nassau, Rensselaer County facility when it is operating at full capacity and discharging directly into the Valatie Kill. However, I do remain cautiously optimistic that this initial stage of remediation and study by EPA may lead to a comprehensive approach at a later date to clean up this site. We can all agree that the health of our communities and our clean water and clean air are not partisan issues. They are requirements that all of us should continue to work together to ensure. I certainly do not want the inheritance of another generation of Rensselaer and Columbia County residents to be that we once again had the opportunity to do the right thing to remediate this site and did not do all we could to ensure all the work conducted protects the health and safety of our of families and children not yet born. Our cross-county efforts and the spotlight brought by this paper, have changed the dialogue and the outcome of the latest approach to current remediation activities. When the activities at the recently constructed water treatment facility were first announced and the concerns of communities were expressed, EPA was quoted in this paper that they had no meetings scheduled or planned with impacted communities. Now, we have received word that EPA will in fact hold a Columbia County meeting on Monday at St. Paul's Church, 6 Sylvester St., Kinderhook, from 6 to 9 p.m. They will also hold a Rensselaer County meeting on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church Parish Hall, 26 Church St., Nassau, from 6 to 9 p.m. Community involvement and freedom of the press have been invaluable factors in providing appropriate scrutiny and keeping the polluters and government on target. I encourage all of your readers to educate themselves on this dangerously toxic site, its historical impacts on our communities, and the hope we have for a future free from this toxic legacy. Contact your representative I U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building 1 Clinton Square, Room 821 Albany, NY 12207 Phone: 518-431-0120 Fax: 518-431-0128 476 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-4451 Fax: 202-228-0282 I U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer Leo O’Brien Building, Room 420, Albany, NY 12207 Phone: 518-431-4070 Fax: 518-431-4076 313 Hart Senate Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-6542 Fax: 202-228-3027 I U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson Washington DC Office 1708 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC, 20515 Phone: 202-225-5614 Kinderhook District Office 2 Hudson Street Kinderhook, NY 12106 Phone: 518-610-8133 Kingston Office 721 Broadway Kingston Phone: 845-514-2322 Hyde Park Office 4328 Albany Post Rd (Rte 9) Hyde Park Phone: 845-698-0132 Liberty Office 92 Sullivan Ave Liberty, NY Phone: 845-747-9261 Cooperstown Office 25 Chestnut Street Cooperstown Phone: 607-282-4002 Delhi Office 111 Main St Delhi Phone: 607-746-9537 I Gov. Andrew Cuomo NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Phone: 518-474-8390 I State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione Room 306, Legislative Office Building Albany, NY 12247 Phone: 518-455-2381 marchione@nysenate.gov Hudson Office 560 Warren St., Hudson NY 12534 Phone: 518-828-5947 I Assemblyman Pete Lopez Legislative Office Building 429 Albany, NY 12248 Phone: 518-455-5363 Fax: 518-455-5856 45 Mile Woods Road, Catskill, NY 12414 Phone: 518-943-1371 lopezp@assembly.state.ny.us I Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin District Office 1654 Columbia Turnpike Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033 Phone: 518-479-0542 Fax: 518-479-0653 Albany Office Legislative Office Building 529 Albany, NY 12248 Phone: 518-455-5777 I Assemblywoman Didi Barrett District Office 751 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534 Phone: 518-828-1961 Fax: 518-828-5329 District Office 12 Raymond Ave., Suite 105 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Phone: 845-454-1703 Fax: 845-454-2408 Albany Office Legislative Office Building 532 Albany, NY, 12248 Phone: 518-455-5177, 518-455-5418

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