Dear Governor Hochul,

On behalf of the 138 undersigned organizations and our members and supporters, we urge you to prevent Holtec International, the firm responsible for decommissioning the Indian Point nuclear power plant, from discharging approximately one million gallons of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River.

While Holtec has shifted their timeline back and forth on discharging this wastewater, the company currently intends to discharge in the summer months during the heart of the recreation season when thousands of New Yorkers are swimming, fishing, paddling and boating in the Hudson. Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about the impacts on the health and safety of local residents, the River’s ecosystem, and local economies. The Hudson Valley region is densely populated and also serves as a recreational area for millions from New York City and across the state. We call on you to use your authority as governor to ensure the necessary state and federal agencies take action to halt the dumping of toxic waste into our waterways including the Hudson River.

The Indian Point nuclear power plant was rightfully shuttered in 2021, yet the spent fuel pool wastewater remaining on the site contains radioactive contaminants, including tritium. Exposure to tritium is linked to cancer, miscarriages, genetic defects and other adverse health effects. There is no safe dose of radiation and its harmful impacts are cumulative. Women, children and expectant mothers are at far greater risk from these exposures. Federal standards on radioactive releases to the environment are based on a healthy adult male and have not been updated to protect the most vulnerable. Simply put, with all that we know now, it would be reckless and irresponsible to continue to dump toxic and radioactive substances into the Hudson River.

The Hudson River is among New York’s most important economic and recreational resources and is an ecosystem for a wide array of fish and marine life. Noxious industries have threatened the River before. We commend your action to oppose and ultimately halt the Danskammer fracked gas plant from being expanded on the banks of the Hudson River. Please continue your legacy of protecting the Hudson River from polluters by calling on Holtec to store its toxic radioactive waste on site and work with regulatory agencies and environmental organizations on a better, safer, permanent disposal method that protects New Yorkers and our water sources.

A growing number of municipalities, including Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Ulster counties, have adopted resolutions or written letters opposing Holtec’s plan to dump radioactive waste into the

Hudson River. Senator Peter Harckham and Assembly Member Dana Levenberg have also introduced legislation that would prohibit discharges of radioactive contaminants into New York waterways, and we believe that Holtec’s desire to accelerate its discharge schedule to May may have been an attempt to get around the new restrictions that could be imposed. We urge your office to support this legislation so that Holtec’s reckless proposal does not proceed.

New York’s magnificent Hudson River must not serve as a dumping ground for nuclear industry polluters while we work to continue the restoration of this significant tidal estuary. The economic and environmental damage of dumping radioactive waste into our precious water sources would be profound and unnecessary, only serving the interests of Holtec and its shareholders. We urge you to put the health and safety of New Yorkers first by stopping Holtec’s dangerous plan and ensuring a precedent is set here in New York that polluters cannot dump radioactive substances into our state’s waterways.


Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director Grassroots Environmental Education, Ellen Weininger, Educational Outreach Director Hudson Riverkeeper, Tracy Brown, President and Hudson Riverkeeper Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC), Marilyn Elie Promoting Health and Sustainable Energy (PHASE), Michel Lee Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Suzannah Glidden United For Clean Energy, Tina Volz-Bongar Westchester for Change, Susan Van Dolsen

All Our Energy

George Povall

Alliance for a Green Economy

Avni Pravin

Arbor Hill Environmental Justice

Aaron Mair

Association for Energy Affordability

Betta Broad

Beacon Climate Action Now (BCAN)

Veekas Ashoka

Beacon Sloop Club

Robert May

Beyond Extreme Energy

Ted Glick

Beyond Nuclear

Kevin Kamps

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality

Karen Argenti

Bronx River Alliance

Elena Conte

Cape Downwinders

Diane Turco

Caretaker Society

Paul Tobin

Catskill Mountainkeeper

Ramsay Adams, Executive Director

Citizen Action of New York

Bob Cohen, Policy and Research Director

Citizens Awareness Network

Deb Katz

Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods (CUPON) R. Michael Miller

Clean Air Coalition of Greater Ravena – Coeymans Barbara Heinzen

Climate Reality Project – Finger Lakes Chapter

Thomas Hirasuna

Climate Reality Project – Long Island Chapter

Francesca Rheannon

Climate Reality Project NY Chapters Coalition

Tim Guinee

Climate Reality Project, Hudson Valley & Catskills Chapter Tim Guinee, Tom Polton, Eve Morgenstern, Linda Rachele Burke


Harriet Shugarman

Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline

Judith Canepa

Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes

Michael Keegan

Communities for Local Power

Jess Mullen

Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment Ruth Foster

Concerned Families of Westchester (CFOW)

Frank Brodhead

Don’t Waste Michigan

Alice Hirt

Dyslexia Works LLC

Suzanne Buchauer

Eco-Logic, WBAI-FM

Ken Gale

Earthkeeper Health Resources

Amy Rosmarin

Environmental Justice Initiative, New York Environmental Law and Justice Project Annie Wilson

EscapeMaker Inc.

Caylin Sanders

Frack Action

Renee Vogelsang


Mary Finneran

Friends of the Mahicantuck

Sarah Bachinger

Green Amendments For The Generations

Maya van Rossum

Green Education and Legal Fund

Mark Dunlea

Green Ossining

Suzie Ross

Green Phoenix Permaculture Henry Varnum Poor Foundation

Clare Sheridan

Indivisible New Rochelle

Margaret Bradbury

Indivisible Scarsdale

Deborah Porder

Indivisible Westchester

Shannon Powell

Rebecca Martin

Kingston Land Trust

Shaniqua Bowden

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Indivisible

Jenny Geer

Lights out Norlite

Dave Publow, Dave Walker and Diana Abadie

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Monique Fitzgerald

Lower Hudson Valley DSA

Chase Zimmerman

Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World

June Tano and Rachel Clark

Media Alliance/The Sanctuary for Independent Media KP Holler, Executive Director

Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club

Guy Jacob

New City Neighborhood Association Inc

Z. Halo

New Paltz Climate Action Coalition

Jess Mullen

New Paltz Climate Smart

Janelle Peotter

NYC Friends of Clearwater

Edith Kantrowitz

NYC Safe Energy Campaign

Ken Gale

New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (NYCAN) Robert Croonquist

New York Climate Action Group

Judith Canepa

New York Climate Advocacy Project

Ruth Foster

New York Communities for Change

Alice Hu

New York Mothers Out Front

Donna O’Malley

New Yorkers for Clean Power

Betta Broad

Newburgh Clean Water Project

Jennifer Rawlison and Tamsin Hollo

Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)

David Kraft

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Timothy Judson

Nuyagi Keetoowah Societies Grand Council

George Strayhorn

Nuyagi Keetoowah Society, Inc.

Ray Evans Harrell

NY Water Action

Ann Finneran

NY/NJ Baykeeper

Greg Remaud, Baykeeper & CEO

NYCD16 Indivisible

Iris Hiskey Arno

New York Public Interest Research Group

Anne Rabe

Oceans 8 Films

Jon Bowermaster

Peekskill Progressives

Courtney Williams

People’s Climate Movement – NY

Laurel Tumarkin

People for a Healthy Environment

Doug Couchon

Physicians for Social Responsibility – New York

Dr. Kathleen Nolan, President

Piermont Pier Alliance

Marthe Schulwolf

Piermont Marsh Alliance

Marthe Schulwolf

Piermont Rowing Club

Pamela Hudson

Preserve Giles County

Donna Pitt

Property Rights and Pipeline Center

Rebekah Sale

Protect Our Commonwealth

Freeda Cathcart

Protecting Our Waters

Iris Marie Bloom

Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance

John Gebhards

Ramapough Culture and Land Foundation

Ramapough Munsee Lenape Nation

Chief Dwaine Perry and Stephen (Owl) D. Smith, Carla Alexander

Rensselaer Environmental Coalition

Robert Welton, Board of Directors

Resist Spectra

Marie Inserra

Responsible Decarbonization Alliance / Keep It Wild Barbara Jarmoska

ROAR (Religious Organizations Along the River)

M. Doretta Cornell

Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow

Jacquelyn Drechsler

Rockland County Democratic Committee

Schenley Vital

Rogers’ Community, Maryknoll Sisters Center

Sister Theresa Kastner, MM

Rondout Creek Watershed Alliance

Laura Finestone

Sacred River Healing

Alan Levin

Safe Energy Rights Group

Nancy Vann

Henrietta Cosentino

Sane Energy Project

Kim Fraczek

Save West Hook Mountain

Michael Baum

Scenic Hudson

Andy Bicking, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy

Seneca Lake Guardian

Yvone Taylor

Shaleshock CNY

Sharon Osika-Michales

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Kate Bartholomew, Chair

Sisters of Charity of New York

Carol De Angelo, SC, Director of Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation

SPACE – Stony Point Action Committee for the Environment, Inc. George Potanovic Jr.

Stockbridge Munsee band of Mohicans Culture Committee Shawn Stevens, Chairperson

Strawtown Studio

Laurie Seeman

Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development

Linda Reik

Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition Karen Hadden

The Caretaker Society The Two Row Wampum Unity Riders Pipe

Carriers Cercle

Three Mile Productions, LLC

Heidi Hutner

Laura Hartmann

Transition Town Media

Sari Steuber

Turtle Clan of The Ramapough Munsee Lunaape Nation Chief Vincent Mann and Paul Tobin

Turtle Island Indigenous People of the Northeast Cultural Foundation Inc Non-Profit Carla Alexander

Ulster Activists (U-Act)

Amy Kletter

United for Action

Ling Tsou

Upper Nyack Green Committee

Beverley Colgan and Harry Vetter

Waterkeeper Alliance

Daniel Estrin, General Counsel and Advocacy Director


Rachel Davis


Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado Senator Pete Harckham Assemblymember Dana Levenberg Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Assemblymember Carl E. Heastie Assemblymember Deborah Glick

US Senator Chuck Schumer US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Congressman Pat Ryan Congressman Marc Molinaro Congressman Jamaal Bowman Congressman Michael Lawler Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congressman Jerry Nadler

WESPAC Foundation, Inc.

Nada Khader

West Branch Conservation Association

Terri Thal

Westchester Alliance for Sustainable Solutions (WASS) Vanessa Agudelo

Westchester SAFE

Laurie Evans

Western New York Chapter of the Climate Reality Project Lynn Saxton, Co-Chair

Youth Arts New York

Linda Chapman

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