Scenic Hudson report says GE should pay $11.4 billion to finish Hudson River cleanup
MidHudson News reports that the environmental group Scenic Hudson, with a new study, says General Electric owes $11.4 billion to complete the cleanup of the Hudson River under the federal Superfund law. GE dumped millions of pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Hudson River above Albany from 1947 to 1977. Scenic Hudson's study compared GE’s dumping of PCBs to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The study indicates the contamination in the Hudson River was far worse. “PCBs are incredibly persistent. PCBs are far more toxic than oil,” said Haylee Carlock, Scenic Hudson’s director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs, on April 12. “The damage is far, far greater than the Gulf.” GE dredged some of the PCBs out of the upper Hudson River from 2009-2015, but Scenic Hudson says there is a lot of the poisonous chemicals left in the river. “Removing the contamination will help the restoration happen more quickly,” she said. “This is about restoring the Hudson River to a healthy condition. It’s fair we make them pay their fair share” Mark Behan, GE’s spokesperson, denounced the report. “GE’s dredging of the Upper Hudson River has been hailed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a ‘historic achievement,’ and EPA, supported by the federal courts, has concluded no additional dredging is needed. Today’s report by a private advocacy group is inconsistent with the wealth of scientific literature showing that Hudson River wildlife populations are healthy and thriving. The government’s natural resource assessment has not yet been completed. We are proud of our contributions and will continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies,” he said. Read more about this story at MidHudson News.