Friday, December 17, 2010

GE told to dig deeper to remove PCBs from the Hudson

The EPA says that what General Electric thought was enough isn't when it comes to digging out PCBs from the Hudson River.

NBC New York's Brian Thompson reports today that:
After months of study, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has a better idea for cleaning up the Hudson River from New York City 200 miles north to Hudson Falls.

That entire length of the river has been classified a Superfund Site following decades of pollution with PCBs from two transformer plants operated by General Electric (the parent company of NBC New York) before the chemical was labeled a possible carcinogen, and before there were regulations for its disposal.

GE began dredging off a small stretch of the river at its most polluted point last summer in a Phase One test of the procedure after working for years with the EPA on the best way to effect the clean up.
Now, the EPA says Phase 2 dredging must go deeper in order to reduce the amount of PCB-laced silt that gets stirred up and floats downstream.

"We've said from the start that a clean Hudson is non-negotiable, and the path we have laid out today relies on the best science to ensure this dangerous pollution is addressed in an effective way," said EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck in a statement.

Here's a copy of the EPA's news release on the next phase of the Hudson River cleanup.

GE Cleanup of New York's Hudson River Must Release Fewer Toxins (Bloomberg)
GE Faces Tougher Requirements in Hudson River Cleanup (Wall Street Journal)

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