Groups say more PCB removal work needed as project nears completion

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Posted August 24, 2015

The large scale Hudson River clean up project is nearing the finish line as General Electric Co. (GE) expects to complete its estimated $2 billion PCB dredging project in October.

But some groups say infrastructure and equipment shouldn’t be removed until questions are answered about PCBs in other parts of the river and surrounding flood plains, or until there’s a decision about whether to conduct more dredging for navigational purposes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered GE to remove 2.65 million cubic yards of PCB-laden sediment from a 40-mile stretch of river from Fort Edward to Troy. GE discharged polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a suspected carcinogen, into the water from the 1940s to 1977 at plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward.

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