In October 2012, the EPA announced a $366 million settlement with AVX, the largest company responsible for PCB pollution in New Bedford Harbor. This seems like a lot of money, but is it really enough to fully clean up the harbor? It’s impossible to tell without the details of the cleanup plan, and the EPA refuses to share those details with the community.
Worse, the settlement does not allow the government to ask AVX for more money in the future if the cleanup costs more than expected. Accepting this fixed amount will lock the EPA into cleanup choices that put cost ahead of public good.
The EPA’s settlement with AVX is the last chance for New Bedford to get what it’s waited years for: enough money to clean up the harbor forever.
Don't let polluters walk away without cleaning up the mess they made. Tell the Department of Justice that the EPA's settlement with AVX needs to include a reopener clause so the government can get the money it needs to fully clean up the harbor.
Learn more at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/NewBedfordHarbor.
- Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice
We, the undersigned, join with the community-based organizations Buzzards Bay Coalition and Hands Across the River Coalition in calling on the Court to reject the proposed Consent Decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and AVX Corporation regarding the cleanup of toxic PCBs from New Bedford Harbor. The failure of the Consent Decree to include a "reopener" would release AVX from responsibility and robs this community of a clean harbor. the $366 million payment outlined in the Consent Decree is not enough funding to fully clean up our harbor.
We have lived with the toxic legacy of AVX Corp.'s actions in New Bedford for decades now. An entire generation has lost use and enjoyment of a clean harbor, and we all continue to be exposed to the harmful health effects of these PCBs each day. We urge the Court to require that AVX pay for the entire cleanup of the toxic mess they left in our community and not let them off the hook forever with an inadequate cash payment today and release from all future responsibility. We submit our names in response to the U.S. Department of Justice public comment period, which terminates on 12/17/2012.
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