Primary Source Report

Student Name: Neil Maher
Project Site: General Electric plant, Hudson Falls, New York.

Source 1: New York Times
Title: “Warning Ignored on Striped Bass”
Date: August 9, 1975
Page: 5

This newspaper article discusses how people in the Hudson Valley region were ignoring warnings from the state of New York regarding the dangers of eating striped bass fish caught in the Hudson River. The article explains that this practice of eating toxic fish was taking place all along the river, from Manhattan up to Poughkeepsie, and even beyond the Hudson River ecosystem (affecting as far north as Cape Cod). This source is helpful for explaining both the threats posed to ordinary residents by the PCB’s dumped into the river by General Electric as well as the steps that politicians in Albany were taking to educated the public on this health threat.