Pollution concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Nov 2, 2012

Advocates and activists are sounding the alarm over pollution in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports water quality is of great concern.

The U.S. Geological Survey says it is checking water quality along the U.S. East Coast for possible health issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Riverkeeper's Hudson River Program director Phillip Musegaas says Sandy’s enormous storm surge caused widespread pollution of the Hudson River and New York Harbor by a variety of toxic chemicals.

Floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform. Experts advise avoiding flood water - wash your hands regularly and heed any boil-water advisories.

Katherine Nadeau is the water and natural resources director at Environmental Advocates of New York: she says storms resulting from "Climate Change" may be the "new norm" for New York Weather.

The New York City Department of Environmental protection has declared that its water is safe to drink. A DEP official says watershed area reservoirs north of the city are being monitored closely with extra testing in the wake of the storm.

[New:] In response to recent statements by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding the relationship between Superstorm Sandy and global warming, Environment New York Director David VanLuven released the following statement:

“Superstorm Sandy was our wakeup call.  Communities have been submerged; tens of thousands are without power; hundreds of thousands of lives have been disrupted; and repair costs will be in the billions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was spot on when he said, ‘Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality.’

The majority of Americans have connected the dots between crazy weather and global warming.  Politicians are finally catching up.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did yesterday when making his presidential endorsement.

In the short term, we need to come together as New Yorkers and do all we can to help our neighbors recover, such as by giving to the Red Cross.

For the long-term, we need to take action to reduce carbon pollution, slow global warming, slow the rise of our oceans, and leave a better planet for our children.  We can rely more on energy efficiency, tap the sun and wind for truly clean power, and break our addiction to oil and dirty coal.

Big Oil and King Coal have spent millions to block these sensible energy policies and to hold America’s clean energy future hostage.  Now is the time for all our leaders to heed Superstorm Sandy’s wakeup call and embrace renewable energy, clean air, and a safer future.”