Hudson River dredging

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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 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.

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Dredging operations on the upper Hudson River are winding down after six years and $1.5 billion but some advocates are pushing for another round.

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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.

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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.

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General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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The Hudson River PCB Superfund dredging project has been a success. The $2 billion dredging project removed more than 2.75 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the Hudson River. About 310,000 pounds of PCBs were removed from the river – more than twice what was originally estimated. The project was completed in less time than expected with less secondary impacts than predicted, such as re-suspending sediments into the water column during dredging.

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Federal regulators have released their plan for how General Electric will dismantle the facility that treats contaminated sediment from the Hudson River.

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Communities along the Hudson held a candlelight vigil last night to pressure General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo to clean up additional PCBs from the river.

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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.

  A man who was a friend of the Hudson River, environmental advocate Jim Simpson has died.

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The sixth and final season of dredging the upper Hudson River is now under way, part of an estimated $2 billion Superfund project.

Prior to 1977, GE discharged some 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the river. A 200-mile stretch of the Hudson down to New York City was listed as a Superfund site in 1984. Cleanup was delayed amid opposition from GE and some residents. GE dropped public opposition after the EPA issued a decision calling for dredging in 2002. The cleanup finally began in 2009.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have announced the start of the final season of dredging on the Hudson River.

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Arguing "it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores," activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup.

GE is slated to complete an EPA-ordered cleanup as early as this summer, one environmentalists say will leave behind millions of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.

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Lawmakers in Saratoga County have passed a resolution calling on General Electric to monitor flood plains along the Hudson River for chemical contamination. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that dredging of the upper Hudson River to remove PCB’s will resume Wednesday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dredging Crews Back On Hudson River

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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.

GE released PCBs into the river decades ago.