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With the deadline for public comment Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to remain on the Hudson River for further removal of toxic PCBs.

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New York's environmental commissioner says the $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the Hudson River is not protecting the public's health and the river as initially promised.

Rick Wartzman is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, a part of Claremont Graduate University. He also writes about the world of work for Fortune magazine online. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director, Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

In his new book, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, Wartzman chronicles the erosion of the relationship between American companies and their workers. Through the stories of four major employers--General Motors, General Electric, Kodak, and Coca-Cola--he shows how big businesses once took responsibility for providing their workers and retirees with an array of social benefits.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie concerning PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. Several people in the packed room called for more cleanup.

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At an Environmental Appeals Board in Washington Thursday, General Electric disputed the EPA’s current plan that calls for the company to pay to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts.  

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday released its second review of the cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The review concludes that the $1.7 billion cleanup of the Superfund site is working. Several environmental groups and lawmakers from New York disagree, saying more dredging is needed.

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A former General Electric physicist who later became president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy has died.

The Daily Gazette reports Roland Schmitt died Friday afternoon in Scotia at age 93.

 

General Electric has moved a step closer to building its new $200 million headquarters in Boston.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has made final modifications to its 13-year, $613 million cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. PCBs from General Electric’s now shuttered Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility have contaminated the waterway. EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding spoke with WAMC about the restoration effort.

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General Electric says it's "disappointed" by a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's plan that requires the company to clean chemicals from a western Massachusetts river.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that General Electric issued a statement Wednesday indicating that it may appeal Tuesday's decision upholding the $613 million proposal. It would have a 30-day window after the EPA issues its final cleanup permit.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is locking horns with the Environmental Protection Agency over dredging and PCB's in the Hudson River.

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The Saratoga County Water Authority’s action against General Electric began in 2011. Due to pollution of the Hudson River caused by GE’s PCB dredging operations, Saratoga County had to move its plant to the town of Moreau, in the northern portion of the county. Most of the population and customer base, however, is located in the southern portion of the county.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met yesterday with stakeholders in Saratoga Springs as it kicks off its second five-year review of GE’s Hudson River PCB cleanup.

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The EPA will undertake a second five-year review of GE’s cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Dredging on a 40-mile stretch between Fort Edward and Troy, New York was finished this fall. Now, General Electric will remain on the river for monitoring and habitat restoration work.

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
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General Electric is moving forward on dispute resolutions with the EPA, saying the agency’s cleanup plan for the Housatonic River cannot be reconciled. The company dumped PCBs into the waterway from its Pittsfield facility until the chemical was banned in 1977.

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After first announcing its exit from Fort Edward last October, General Electric has pushed back the closure of its capacitor manufacturing facility until May.

This is a picture of a stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
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The back and forth between the Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric over the cleanup of the Housatonic River continues. In the latest move, the company is railing against the agency’s remediation proposal.

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General Electric has announced that it is taking its world headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut to Boston after word of a move swirled for months.

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A coalition of environmental groups Thursday filed a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking General Electric to pursue additional PCB dredging in the Hudson River.

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General Electric Chief Executive Jeff Immelt says the conglomerate will "always have a big presence in Connecticut," though he confirmed the company is still looking for a new headquarters site.

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Federal regulators have approved General Electric's plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a plan to dismantle and decontaminate a processing facility that was built to support PCB dredging efforts in the upper Hudson. While many officials from surrounding communities have called for additional dredging, others would like to see things wrapped up sooner.  

General Electric Co. may move up to 500 American jobs overseas because Congress did not renew a government program that allows foreign companies to borrow money to buy U.S. products.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he met earlier this month with General Electric officials to offer some incentives to keep the company from moving out of state.

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A vast majority of New York State Assemblymembers this week sent letters to General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for more PCB removal along the Hudson River.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is leaving the door open for possible revision of business tax hikes approved by the legislature as General Electric looks at moving its headquarters out of the state in response to the increases.

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General Electric disagrees with the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup plan for the contaminated Housatonic River. The company argues the proposal goes against EPA precedents, causing unnecessary destruction to the river’s ecosystem and the lives of people living nearby.

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General Electric has filed formal comments on the U.S. EPA’s cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The company dumped harmful chemicals called PCBs into the river from its Pittsfield plant from the 1930s until the substance was banned in 1977. GE is now responsible for cleanup work.

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Officials gathered in Saratoga County Tuesday to tour a new General Electric Fuel Cell facility and to announce a new partnership between GE and a local community college.

GE Fuel Cells held a tour of its new facility at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta.

Stakeholders and members of the media got a chance to take a sneak peak at the manufacturing process that will be used to create hybrid fuel cells.

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The mills and factories of Upstate New York were often the first step toward a new life for immigrants to America many years ago. Companies such as General Electric in Schenectady and the rug-makers of Amsterdam provided the work for the Irish, Germans, Italians and others who came to stake their claims in America. Many of those factories and mills are gone, but there's new high-tech manufacturing under way in upstate highlighted again by Tuesday's announcement of a $500 million consortium involving the state and General Electric.

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