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Few comments from local officials over PCB cleanup in the Hudson River

Jan 17, 2018 2:25 pm
The Environmental Protection Agency's website shows many local officials commented on whether General Electric was finished cleaning PCBs from the Hudson River, but few of those comments came from officials in Greene and Columbia counties. Letters from the chair of the Columbia County Environmental Management Council, the entire Stuyvesant town board, and Assemblyperson Didi Barrett are included, but that's about it. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sent letters, but Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) did not. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein sent letters, but no officials from Greene County are included in the EPA's accounting of the comments received. GE dumped polychlorinated biphenyls into the Hudson River from 1947 to 1977, and then spent six years cleaning up some of the PCBs. The EPA said Jan. 2 that it won't decide if enough PCBs are cleaned out of the Hudson River until "early 2018." A link to the comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's website is on the WGXC Newsroom web page.