General Electric will not be required to restart dredging of the Hudson River after the Environmental Protection Agency found the company’s seven-year, $1.7 billion cleanup of PCBs in the river satisfied a 2002 agreement between the two, the federal agency said Thursday.
Shortly after the announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James unveiled plans to sue the EPA, saying the agency’s decision to issue GE a “Certification of the Completion of Remedial Action” is “contrary to the law and could make it much harder for EPA to require GE to implement more dredging or other remedial measures in the upper Hudson River.”
A nearly 300-page study published in December by the state Department of Environmental Conservation found that “the cleanup of contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete and not protective of public health and the environment.”
But the EPA found that GE’s river dredging was “very successful in removing the contaminated sediments” and that there “are no areas that would be characterized as ‘hot spots'” of contamination in the upper Hudson.
“We take this effort seriously,” said EPA Regional Administrator Peter Lopez, a former assemblyman from Schoharie County. “No person or organization will be let off the hook for the …read more
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