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Ryan, Molinaro want GE to clean up the rest of the PCBs in the Hudson River

Apr 10, 2023 12:55 pm

Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that Democrat Pat Ryan and Republican Marc Molinaro together wrote an opinion piece asking for the Biden administration and state leaders to do more to clean the harmful polychlorinated biphenyls from the Hudson River. General Electric dumped PCBs in the Hudson River for decades, and they recently finished cleaning up some of the toxins, but not all. Ryan and Molinaro wrote that the company needs, “to make good on its stated mission by acknowledging that the cleanup performed to date fails to meet the basic legal and moral test of protecting public health and the environment.” They want Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James, federal trustee agencies, and the U.S. Department of Justice to negotiate “a comprehensive settlement with GE to clean and restore the river.” Ryan and Molinaro represent the 18th and 19th Congressional Districts, respectively. Currently, the EPA is finalizing a five-year review of the cleanup so far, which was of the upper Hudson River above Troy. Now GE is supposed to study the lower portion of the river between the Troy Dam and the mouth of the New York Harbor to determine the next steps in the cleanup. GE must fund water, sediment, and fish tests along that stretch of the Hudson for PCBs and other contaminants beginning this year, under the terms of a legal administrative agreement reached in 2022. “We have one opportunity to restore the Hudson River and ensure that those who were responsible must be held accountable,” Molinaro said in an interview April 7. “We will not have this opportunity again.... The value and impact of the Hudson River is real, what people believe the Hudson River to be is important....To know that it was damaged by pollutants, that we had this chance to restore its value and vibrancy and we didn’t push to the end is a mistake that future generations will not forgive.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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