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Molinaro says Hudson River PCB dredging not complete

Nov 27, 2018 7:45 am
Ariél Zangla is reporting for The Daily Freeman Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withhold a certificate of completion for the Hudson River PCB dredging project until it reaches the explicit goals set forth in the agency's decision documents. In a November 23 letter to EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez, Molinaro wrote that everyone living along the Hudson River has endured decades of toxic pollution and will continue to suffer from the loss of water-based industries and the health impacts of PCB-contaminated water, fish and air. General Electric Co. in 2015 completed the removal of 2.75 million cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, a persistent organic pollutant and carcinogen. GE dumped PCBs into the Hudson River from two of its plants in the 1940s. An EPA review last summer found the cleanup, carried out along 40 miles of the river north of Troy, was complete and that no more dredging was needed. In his letter, Molinaro asked the EPA to work with the state and other stakeholders to address continued river contamination. "Without additional cleanup, this contamination will continue to threaten public health and hamper lasting economic gains that our members are working so hard to achieve," Molinaro wrote. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.
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