General Electric Cleaning up the Hudson’s Dirty Past

The General Electric Company, who is responsible for the dumping of PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) into the Hudson River in the north-of-Albany region, has hired two contractors to develop an environmental dredging facility. The federal government recently mandated the Hudson River cleanup, which will cost GE over $700 million. Scientists believe PCBs are probable carcinogens, or cancer causing chemicals. The chemicals are used in production of electrical equipment. PCBs were dumped into the Hudson between 1940 and the mid-1970s at the General Electric Hudson Falls and Fort Edward plants, and have since washed downstream into the Lower Hudson Valley and as far south as Manhattan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered GE to dredge out tons of PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of the Hudson River. This project is slated to become the largest and most expensive environmental dredging project and cleanup in the history of the United States. The project will begin Spring 2007. Read the article here.


2 thoughts on “General Electric Cleaning up the Hudson’s Dirty Past

  1. It seems now that the PCB cleanup has been delayed another year, which will move the start date for General Electric to Spring 2009. This is the second time in less than eight months that the dredging project has been delayed.

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