Workers use excavators with environmental clamshell buckets mounted on flat, anchored platforms to dredge the river. The PCB-contaminated sediment is emptied onto 35-foot-wide, 195-foot-long floating barges.
Federal agencies have sent a letter to General Electric over concerns related to a recent Hudson River cleanup report.
The Federal Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees recently sent a letter to General Electric to, as the group contends, address misinformation and correct the public record on a Hudson River Project Report submitted by the company to the New York State comptroller’s office in late December.
Results of a study requested by New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and released late Friday show no need for General Electric to voluntarily expand dredging that's already under way in a portion of the upper Hudson River contaminated with PCBs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric provided stakeholders updates on the ongoing Hudson River Superfund cleanup project and a recap of the concluded 2013 dredging season on Thursday.
At a meeting of the Hudson River PCB Superfund site’s Community Advisory Group, General Electric presented to stakeholders an update on the massive habitat restoration and dredging project, saying that between April 29th and November 6th, 612,000 cubic yards of sediment containing PCBs were removed from the river bottom.
The Hudson River PCB cleanup project is nearly 75 percent complete as the fourth season of dredging comes to a close. An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator delivered a progress report while an environmental group is calling on General Electric to clean up additional PCBs.
EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the 2013 dredging season comes to a close in a few days, putting the entire project about a year ahead of schedule.
General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River to clean up pollution has continued on pace during the government shutdown: The Environmental Protection Agency says it has been able to oversee the Superfund project despite furloughs.
Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.
Crews are back dredging the upper Hudson River in New York after high water forced a temporary suspension last week.
General Electric Co. says work on the multi-year Superfund project resumed Monday on two areas north of Albany contaminated by PCBs. Heavy rains and high water forced crews off the river late Wednesday.
Crews began a fourth season of the project April 29. They are more than halfway done with the goal of removing 2.65 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson.