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DEC finds GE's PCB cleanup of the Hudson lacking

Dec 21, 2016 7:00 am

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Tue., Dec. 20, released an independent report on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's review of the PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. Using the EPA's own criteria in the assessment, the state agency found the Superfund cleanup lacking, and said the final outcome was "not protective of the public or the environment." The DEC forwarded its report on to the EPA in anticipation of the federal agency's release of its Five Year Review in 2017. Contacted by the Associated Press Tuesday, State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos called on the EPA to “finish the job and hold GE accountable for cleaning up the Hudson River.” State officials want the EPA to perform additional sampling and complete a detailed evaluation of the dredging and conduct additional remedial work in order to achieve the targeted fish PCB reductions originally identified. The DEC has also recommended the investigation be expanded to included the portion of the site between the Federal Dam in Troy and the Battery in New York City. Read the full report online at www [dot] DEC [dot] NY [dot] gov.