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Big Environmental Contamination Report Now Online

by Alan Oberst

A month ago, Artvoice’s media partner, the Investigative Post, rocked ECHDC’s world by revealing just the extent of environmental contamination on the Outer Harbor. Ironically, they did that by sourcing their story from an extensive environmental report that ECHDC had helped fund, but had never publicly released. This story was published in Artvoice, and also aired on WGRZ, Investigative Post’s broadcast media partner.

In response, ECHDC convened Empire State Development Corporation’s regional head Sam Hoyt has a testy verbal exchange with Investigative Post’s environmental reporter, Dan Telvock, who authored the report. (You can view the press conference here.) When Telvock challenges Hoyt’s claim that their contamination report, essentially, must be out there, somewhere, Hoyt says he’ll see about making the report available online.

Making good on Hoyt’s word, ECHDC posted the report, in its entirety (summary report, plus four thousand pages of supporting documentation) on their Outer Harbor website. In addition to tables and tables of measurements, the supporting documentation is noteworthy for including a compilation of every environmental report done on the Outer Harbor in recent decades.

Read the report here—after all, you paid for it (and it’s your waterfront).

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  • JayBurney

    important piece by alan oberest. Keep covering this issue as new things are emerging every day about ECHDC plans for the outer harbor.