U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith Enck released a statement last week commending GE’s decision to conduct the second and final phase of the Hudson River cleanup. EPA submitted the clean-up requirements to GE earlier this month. The cleanup aims to remove river sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) discharged from a GE plant between the 1950s and 1970s.
“The decision sets us on a clear path to a cleanup of PCB-contaminated sediment that is based on the best science and will remove huge quantities of this dangerous chemical from the river,” she said in the statement. “Over the next few months, we will work with GE on technical plans for the cleanup. We are scheduled to resume dredging this spring. This is an important milestone in the progress we have made over many years in cleaning up and restoring the Hudson River for future generations.”
Source: U.S. EPA