PCBs

(Airs 5/5/16) Today at 1 O'clock- WAMC’s Alan Chartock In A Live Panel Discussion At WAMC's Performing Arts Studio with Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson; David Carpenter, MD, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany; and NYS Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner – a Democrat from the 113th District/Round Lake New York. They review John Bowermaster's short documentary film PCBs: GE’s and the EPA’s Toxic Legacy, and discuss why they think GE should be required by the EPA to do more dredging in order to meet the goal of cleaning up the Hudson River.  You can find out more at http://www.cleanerhudson.org/ 

Dredging of the Hudson River
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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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Microbeads – the tiny, abrasive plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – have been banned in Albany County.

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.  

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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.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to remove an Orange County site from the Superfund list.

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As we approach the two-year anniversary of the TCI fire in West Ghent in Columbia County, we look back at the disaster and at TCI's plans going forward.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on August 1st, 2012 at TCI of New York on Route 9H in West Ghent. According to Columbia County officials, the building housed mineral oil tanks, tractor trailers containing fuel oil, propane tanks, and other hazardous substances, including sodium that came from transformers disposed of at TCI. The company blamed the inferno on "a third party vendor" that TCI no longer deals with.

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General Electric has reportedly agreed to pay close to $8 million to settle a portion of five-year-old lawsuit brought by Saratoga County municipalities related to the company’s dredging on the Hudson River.

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The city of Pittsfield recently recognized the revitalization of Silver Lake.

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The city of Pittsfield celebrated the opening of a once dangerously contaminated lake Friday.

Community members, business leaders and state and local officials gathered on the banks of Silver Lake marking the completion of revitalization work that began nearly two years ago.

“It is a symbol of what I think is going to be the next chapter in the city of Pittsfield and a bright future for generations to come,” said Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

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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.

Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root

Aug 30, 2013
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The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.

Dredging Crews Back On Hudson River

Jun 18, 2013
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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.

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.

A stretch of the Housatonic River under 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.

A stretch of the Housatonic River under 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…

Dredging Set to Start in Polluted Onondaga Lake

Jun 2, 2012

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.

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