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April 6, 2013

Tribe: PCB remedy disappointing

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AKWESASNE —

Another study, in the 1980s, determined the level of PCBs found in snapping turtles, frogs and fish on the reservation at Akwesasne was so high that the animals would qualify as hazardous waste.

‘STILL OUR LAND’

Some Mohawk leaders remain skeptical of the EPA’s decision.

“The EPA has a record of poor stewardship in protecting our environment with the General Motor’s partial cleanup, the Reynolds partial cleanup and now with the Alcoa partial cleanup,” Tribal Council Chief Paul Thompson said.

“That is still our land, and the EPA should be using our standards for cleanup, not what the Alcoa scientists say should be done.” 

Chief Randy Hart added that the tribe will monitor the work, but he wants the EPA to set aside funds to pay for “perpetual monitoring and maintenance” of the site.

“If the remedy is not effective, Alcoa must go back into the river and fix it,” he said.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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