8 has consistently rejected such requests. EPA concluded that the removal of additional PCBs would not so substantially accelerate the decline in PCBs levels in fish that it would be justified. NEW YORK STATE ENDORSES REMEDY New York State was fully involved in the EPA decision-making process that led to selection of the dredging remedy, and it concurred in the remedy. Indeed, state officials enthusiastically embraced it. Gov. George Pataki’s DEC Commissioner said: “This decision not only achieves a cleaner, healthier Hudson River but also balances the public health and ecological needs to clean- up the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination with the concerns expressed by the many stakeholders, including the local communities.”6 The Hudson River’s leading environmental groups were similarly supportive. The Natural Resources Defense Council said: “… We thank EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman for doing the right thing and making the cleanup plan final. And we thank Governor Pataki and all those who encouraged Mrs. Whitman to stick to her guns. New Yorkers and the nation will be watching closely to make sure the job is done right, without further pressure and stalling tactics or unnecessary delays. The cleanup must adhere to sound science and be done safely.”7 Griffin Island Lock 6 Lock 5 Clean Fill Loaded to Barges Northumberland Dam Thompson Island Thompson Island Dam Thompson Island Dam Dredged Sediment Transferred from River to Navigation Canal Dredged Sediment Transferred from River to Navigation Canal Field Crew Parking & River Access Thompson Island Staging Area Fort Miller Dam Clean Fill Loaded to Barges SCHUYLERVILLE PCB LEVELS IN WATER Dredged Areas 58% 6 Letter from NYS DEC Commissioner Erin Crotty to EPA Regional Administrator Jane Kenny, Dec. 21, 2001 7 “Victory for the Hudson River Cleanup” Statement of Frances Beinecke, NRDC Executive Director, Dec. 4, 2001