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Hudson River Advocate Jim Simpson Dies At 72


  A man who was a friend of the Hudson River, environmental advocate Jim Simpson has died.

H. James Simpson, a geochemist who pioneered important studies of water pollutants in the Hudson, died May 10. He had been affiliated with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for 50 years.

Simpson was on the cutting edge of research into PCBs - he helped design a program to test water and sediment for their presence - his work factored in the EPS'a 2002 decision to order the Hudson River dredging. He also worked on projects to accurately detect radaiation releases at Indian Point and studied the movement of other contaminants in the Hudson.

His family says Simpson died of Parkinson's disease - he was 72.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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