Battle to Remove PCBs Heads Down River to Beacon

Philipstown.info reports: "This fall, General Electric is scheduled to complete its court-ordered cleanup of the upper Hudson River, two years ahead of schedule. By then, GE will have removed more than 2.65 million cubic yards of sediment contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Over a 30-year period, at GE’s two plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that over 1.3 million pounds of PCBs were dumped into the Hudson River.

But while the cleanup will satisfy the demands of the EPA’s 2009 Superfund ruling, many local environmental groups and elected officials have said that it’s not enough. They’ve estimated that the court-ordered cleanup will only remove about 65 percent of the PCBs in the river. They’ve pointed out that contaminated sediment buildup has rendered the Champlain Canal unusable for commercial navigation. They’ve claimed that the remaining PCBs will continue to require severe restrictions on subsistence fishing — as of now, the New York State Department of Health recommends that only healthy adult males should eat what they catch in the Hudson, and even then only once a month — for generations to come. And with GE expected to dismantle its sophisticated dredging equipment and cleanup infrastructure in the fall, their voices are growing louder." Read more.

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Environmental groups and Hudson River communities say GE must remove more sediment

Poughkeepsie Journal reports: "Billy Diaz says he enjoys fishing along the Hudson River. The 55-year-old Beacon resident comes out each spring when striped bass make their spawning run up the river. "I'd rather be at the river than going to work," he said as he cast his line at Long Dock Park Wednesday.

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Elected officials along 200 miles of Hudson call on GE to accept its responsibilities beyond 2015

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Company dumped into river for decades and plans to

leave millions of pounds of PCBs behind in partial cleanup

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It’s now or never, municipalities and groups say:

GE must do more and compensate communities for damage

 

CAPITAL REGION/HUDSON VALLEY, April 14, 2015 — For more than 200 miles along the Hudson River—villages, towns, cities and counties from northern areas of the Capital Region to southerly parts of the Hudson Valley—are passing formal resolutions to pressure General Electric Co. (GE) to meet its responsibilities to remove toxic PCBs it dumped into the Hudson River for decades. As GE prepares for its final dredging season this spring, 56 municipalities and/or counties in the state have passed resolutions urging GE to accept obligations it has beyond the partial cleanup mandated by the EPA.

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Coalition asks GE mandate to dredge PCBs from tainted Champlain Canal on Hudson River

Time Union Reports: "With the end in sight this year for a massive PCB dredging project in the Hudson River, a coalition of local governments, business leaders and environmental groups on Tuesday urged General Electric not be allowed to pack up costly cleanup apparatus without dredging PCBs from river sections of the impaired Champlain Canal."

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Groups seek to expand dredging by additional 136 acres, beyond scope of project

Troy Record reports: "Environmental advocates and stakeholders from the communities along the Hudson River joined Tuesday to call on General Electric to continue to remove PCBs from the Hudson River beyond their U.S. Environmental Protection agency-enforced obligation.

 

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Advocates For Expanded Hudson River Clean-Up Renew Call

WAMC reports: "Arguing 'it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores,' activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup."

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Advocates renew call for expanded Hudson River dredging

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The Daily Freeman reports: "A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper-Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms.

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Join elected officials and environmental leaders from the mid-Hudson on April 15th to call on GE to finish cleaning up PCBs in the river beyond 2015

 GE dumped into PCBs into the river for decades and plans to leave millions of pounds behind in a partial cleanup. GE must do more and compensate communities for damage

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Join us April 14th to call on GE to do more to clean up the Hudson!

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Putnam Legislature Backs Wide PCB Removal

Philipstown.info reports: "The Putnam County Legislature sounded a decidedly 'green' tone last week, unanimously backing a wide-ranging cleanup of hazardous PCBs in the Hudson River and banning polystyrene (synthetic foam) dinnerware from county government premises and programs. Read more.

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