The Riverkeeper Top 3 – May 24, 2012

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Hundreds of Volunteers Expected for First-Annual Riverkeeper Sweep and Party
On Saturday, June 2, hundreds of volunteers are expected to join more than 30 cleanups and other projects riverwide in the first-annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Our day of service for the Hudson River culminates in the Sweep Party on the waterfront in Ossining, open to all for a $10 suggested donation, featuring live blues and roots music, seining, fly fishing demonstrations, Clean Water Champion awards, a speech by Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, a chance to talk to Riverkeeper patrol boat Capt. John Lipscomb – plus food and beer for purchase, and sailing with the Ossining Community Boat Club and kayaking with Hudson River Recreation for Riverkeeper members at the Advocate ($40) level.
•    Do Your Part: Visit riverkeeper.org/sweep to register for a cleanup near you.
•    Join Us:  Check out the details about the Sweep Party, and purchase a ticket for a sunset sail or paddle. A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t miss your chance!
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Paul Gallay speaks at NRC meeting. Video Highlights.

Hundreds Rally to Criticize Safety of Indian Point
Riverkeeper, our partners, and hundreds of citizens rallied at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual safety review for Indian Point. Many called the public process a sham for ignoring longstanding and well-documented public concerns about earthquake and terrorism risks, fire fighting capabilities and other fundamental safety concerns. Neither Entergy nor the NRC has taken seriously the lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown more than a year ago, and we sent a strong message: Don’t Let it  Happen Here!
•    Do Your Part: While Riverkeeper continues to argue in state hearings that radioactive leaks and massive ongoing fish kills mean Indian Point cannot be granted a needed water permit, we are preparing for upcoming NRC hearings, when we will argue to Close Indian Point, not relicense it for another 20 years. Riverkeeper is your voice in these key legal proceedings. Please donate today to aid our Close Indian Point campaign.
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Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act Nears Vote
With a growing coalition of supporters, Riverkeeper is pushing for swift passage this summer of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which would require public notification when public wastewater treatment plants discharge untreated sewage to the Hudson River and other waterways throughout the state. More than 20 percent of Riverkeeper’s samples of the Hudson River failed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency benchmark for safe swimming – an unacceptable rate of failure that far exceeds the average of public beaches nationwide. Public awareness is the first step toward fixing the problems that too often make the Hudson and its tributaries unsafe.
•    Do Your Part: Your representative needs to hear from you! Check Riverkeeper’s online Action Center for the latest action you can take to aid in our effort.
•    Donate: Please contribute to our Water Quality Program. The material alone for a single water quality test costs $15, and Riverkeeper processes more than 175 tests per month.
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Riverkeeper in the Press
5.22.12:: WCBS TV
CBS 2 Invades Dirty World Of Illegal Dumping
New York City, Organizations Doing Their Part To End Disgraceful Practice
Riverkeeper staff attorney and Chief Investigator Josh Verleun tells CBS, “It’s hard to know who’s dumping sometimes. In the case of tires it might be an auto body shop. In the case of appliances it might be somebody who is hauling waste.” Riverkeeper’s team helps to track down these illegal dumpers and then clean up their mess.
4.16.12:: Associated Press
AP IMPACT: Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants 

The nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. “They’re saying, ‘If there’s no way to evacuate, then we won’t.'” — Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program Director
5.15.12 :: The Poughkeepsie Journal
On the Hudson, trash collection is a group effort
College, waste hauler, residents team up for river-rubbish removal
Riverkeeper member and Port Ewen resident, Chad Gomes, has organized a collaborative “Adopt a Port” effort. Gomes, an active boater, often wrestles with the desire to pick up debris, and the knowledge that there might be no convenient way to get rid of it. “I thought to myself, there should be an easy way for people to do what’s right,” he said.

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