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Officials calling on GE to expand PCB cleanup on Hudson River

Posted: Updated: Aug 27, 2014 09:00 AM
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. - State lawmakers and environmental groups are calling on General Electric to expand it's cleanup of the Hudson River.

Senator Kathy Marchione and Assemblyman Robert Sweeny, along with members of the Hudson-Hoosick partnership are raising concerns that GE is skipping more than 130 acres of polluted river bottom, as it prepares to move on from it's clean up of PCB's.

They say the area between the Thompson Island Dam and Federal Dam in Troy is being overlooked in the cleanup of the pollutants, and that communities downstream face decades of economic degradation if the area is not dealt with.

The group gathering at Hudson Crossing Park at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.  

Mark Behan, the spokesman for GE's dredging project said on Wednesday that "GE is performing every aspect of the massive environmental dredging project the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered for the Hudson." Behan noted that GE is in their fifth year of dredging and the work is now 70-percent complete. They hope to complete dredging by 2015.
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