Crews Start Dredging PCBs from Upper Hudson

May 10, 2012

A third year of dredging for PCBs has begun on the upper Hudson River. The Environmental Protection Agency says dredging started for the season Wednesday. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

General Electric Co. plans to start with a single dredge about 40 miles north of Albany and ramp up work over the next few weeks.  Three to four dredges will eventually be operating all day, six days a week along a two-mile stretch of river south of Fort Edward.

Fairfield, CT-based GE released poly-chlorinated biphenyls into the river decades ago and is in the middle of a Superfund cleanup that could cost more than $1 billion.

PCBs, once used as coolants in electrical equipment, are a suspected carcinogen.

Dave Lucas, WAMC News. 

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