Hudson Valley News
6:43 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

EPA Delivers Update On Hudson River PCB Cleanup Project

Credit ..:::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas:::..

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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New England News
1:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root

One of the floodplain fields being planted next to existing forests along the Housatonic River at Bartholomew's Cobble.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.

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New York News
8:23 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Dredging Crews Back On Hudson River

Dredging the River Lagan, Belfast - 2010/11 (12) (Albert Bridge) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Credit Albert Bridge

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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

GE Agrees to Analyze Risks from Additional Hudson River PCBs

General Electric has agreed to analyze its potential liability in relation to recently-discovered PCBs in the upper Hudson River. GE will soon resume its remediation of PCBs it discharged into the Hudson decades ago, and at least one environmental group hopes the company will incorporate the additional dredging this year.

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New England News
5:24 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

As state and federal officials are still working with GE on a plan to clean PCBs from the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, local activists are searching for new technologies to lessen the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In an event yesterday evening sponsored by local environmental groups and hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, company BioTech Restorations presented new technologies they’ve been developing to remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil.

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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Beginning next week, General Electric will be begin work on removing PCBs from Pittsfield’s Silver Lake. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

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New York News
11:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Dredging Set to Start in Polluted Onondaga Lake

New York State environmental officials say dredging and capping pollution in Onondaga Lake will begin this summer.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The work is part of a $451 million project at the Superfund site, where contamination has already been targeted with cleanups at industrial sites and improved wastewater treatment.

Decades of industrial activity poured mercury and other metals along with solvents and PCBs into the lake northwest of Syracuse.

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New York News
8:51 am
Thu April 19, 2012

EPA Will Take Another Month for Hudson PCB Review

Federal officials reviewing the massive cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River will take another month before finishing their report. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The federal Environmental Protection Agency was originally scheduled to finish the review by the end of this month. But the agency decided to extend the study through the end of May after calls for a more lengthy review from local congressional representatives and environmentalists.

Two years of Hudson dredging have been completed and crews will be back on the river soon for a third season

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