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On the banks of the Hudson River in Peekskill, and flanked by leading environmentalists, the County Executives from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, and Ulster Counties said the pause on the May planned release of treated waste-water from Indian Point Energy Center into the Hudson River isn’t enough. The County Executives are demanding that any planned dump of the toxic water be abandoned, and that Holtec launch a transparent and thorough review, including hearing from local residents and officials, on how best to deal with contaminated waste-water at the plant.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Holtec heard the clear call by all concerned parties to stop the plan to dump Indian Point waste-water into the majestic Hudson River – but this battle is far from over. We need a plan for this radioactive waste-water from Indian Point, and we need the plan to protect the health of the people who call the Hudson Valley home.  We also a need good faith commitment from Holtec to have discussions about the plan in a transparent and forthcoming manner.  Decisions need to be made considering the welfare of the residents and the environment – not just Holtec’s bottom line.” 

As the situation continues to develop, the County Executives from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster Counties remain committed to advocating for the safety and well-being of local communities and the environment.