For over thirty years, I’ve lived just miles from the Hudson River. It intersects with my life, and the lives of millions of New Yorkers, on a constant basis.
Our latest project, The Hudson: A River at Risk, is a documentary series exploring three key threats to humans and the environment along the river. I hope to bring more attention to these stories with video coverage featuring local leaders in environmental preservation, and by sharing my own story on a new website that accompanies the series.
In the series we investigate the rumbling “bomb trains” that run in many of our backyards with increased frequency. Serious accidents involving these trains are responsible for causing dozens of deaths and billions of dollars in damages across the continent. Bomb trains carry a highly explosive gas and oil mix in containers that were not built to safely carry such a load. A new citizen-led movement to address these dangers is already burgeoining. Our coverage of bomb trains was recently featured on MSNBC and the New York Times.
Other topics include Indian Point — the nuclear power plant that all New Yorkers live in the shadow of, fearful they won’t be able to evacuate in the event of a serious accident — and the Tappan Zee bridge construction, with its mounumental but little-understood impact on the environment.
We welcome you to visit the The Hudson: A River at Risk website to experience the story up close an personal, as I and many New Yorkers do every day.
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