Er..that long ago? Are you even from the area? The Mohawk River is currently a toxic cesspool filled with industrial waste and raw sewage. The two top polluters, responsible for megatons of untreated waste flowing into the water, are the City of Utica and Oneida County. A private entity dumping that much waste into surface waters would be facing massive fines. Instead we're looking at continued "non-compliant emissions" until well into the 2040s.<quoted text>Also look at environmental laws. It wasn't that long ago there were rivers which actually caught on fire due to so much pollution and toxic waste being piped into them from factories. The cancer rate along rivers and in river valleys was immense.
Er..does "Harbor Point" ring a bell? Seriously, do you even live here? Is the fact that one of the most contaminated sites in the world was in Utica news to you?Do you remember hearing about old abandoned factory sites where the soil was so toxic it would melt the soles of sneakers?
You do realize that the vast majority of political contributions from the owners of Harbor Point have gone to Democratic politicians over the years, correct? Utica Gas and Electric, Utica Gasworks, Harbor Point Packaging, Niagara Mohawk, National Grid...the bulk of their corporate PAC and employee contributions were and are to Democrats.Do you want to bring back those good old days? The 'new' Republican Party want to. A large segament of them 'are' the very people which own the corporations that to raise profits will abuse workers.
If the ebil, ebil Republicans are behind this wholesale rape of the environment, then how can the current situation even exist? By my reckoning Democrats have controlled NY state government for 54 of the last 60 years and Utica city government for 49 of the last 60 years. If the Republicans had no power, how is the deplorable condition of Harbor Point and the Mohawk River even possible?