Advocates to Cuomo: Don’t let GE leave river

Troy Record reports on the letter Clearwater, NRDC, Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson wrote Gov. Cuomo yesterday urging him to take the lead in pushing GE to clean up the rest of its PCBs:  "Environmentalists say Gov. Andrew should keep General Electric Co. from dismantling PCB dredging equipment pending a thorough review of the project’s success.

This fall, GE plans to conclude an estimated $2 billion, federally-ordered cleanup of the Hudson River from Fort Edward to Troy.

The company discharged PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a suspected carcinogen, into the river from plants at Hudson Falls and Fort Edward from the 1940s to 1977. Dredging ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began in 2009 and will be completed next month or in early November.

Plans call for removing treatment and processing infrastructure by the end of this year, as called for in an agreement between GE and the EPA. But four prominent environmental groups say equipment shouldn’t be removed until 136 acres of alleged PCB “hot spots,” not identified in the original cleanup plan, are dredged, too."  Read more here.

Read the letter to Governor Cuomo here.

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  • Bryndis Hlodversdottir
    published this page in News 2015-09-11 14:22:53 -0400