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GE Prepares For Second PCB Dredging In Hudson River

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 4:34am

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A panel of scientists evaluating Hudson River dredging will hear presentations from General Electric Co. and federal regulators.

The panel Tuesday is studying results of last year's dredging of PCB "hot spots" on the river about 40 miles north of Albany. The panel will make recommendations for the second phase of the dredging, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to start next year.

Phase 2 of the cleanup is expected to take five years. GE estimates that it has already spent $561 million on the project.

GE plants in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls discharged wastewater containing PCBs for decades before the lubricant and coolant was banned in 1977. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are considered probable carcinogens.

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