Gov. Hochul Signs Bill To Stop Radioactive Waste Dumping Into Hudson River

August 18, 2023

Today, Governor Hochul signed the “Save the Hudson” bill (A7208/S6893), which prohibits dumping radioactive waste from decommissioning nuclear plants into the Hudson River.

The legislation passed both the Assembly and Senate (unanimously) in June.

The legislation is expected to stop Holtec International’s planned dump of more than one million gallons of toxic radioactive wastewater from the Indian Point site into the Hudson River. That waste contains toxic contaminants, including radioactive tritium, exposure to which is linked to cancer, miscarriages, genetic defects, and other adverse health effects. The dump was planned for as early as September after public opposition successfully delayed a May release date.

Since Holtec International informed the public of their planned dump this February, 35 Hudson River localities, 138 groups and nearly 500,000 people have mobilized to call on Governor Hochul to stop the dump.

Food & Water Watch Northeast Regional Director Alex Beauchamp issued the following statement:

“Governor Hochul is sending a strong signal to corporate polluters — industrial waste has no place in our water. The Save the Hudson bill will ensure that the Hudson River is no longer treated as a toxic dumping ground, prioritizing public health and the environment over corporate expediency. Holtec’s plan to dump radioactive water in the Hudson River was dangerous from the start, and New Yorkers from all over the state quickly organized robust opposition. Today, we celebrate the power of our communities over corporations, and thank Governor Hochul for keeping our river safe.” 

Photo credit: Hudson River 2023, Park art.

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