EPA:

"This $20.5 million agreement with GE to comprehensively examine these issues is an important step in our work to protect public health and the environment."

GE Preparing to Complete Hudson Dredging Project EPA calls project "enormously successful"

October 1, 2015 — Within days, GE will finish removing the majority of PCBs from the Upper Hudson River in one of the largest and most successful cleanups ever undertaken in the United States.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which ordered and has overseen every aspect of the project, has pronounced it “enormously successful” and a national model.

But some environmental groups and agencies say the unprecedented project was not sufficient. They want significantly more environmental dredging – beyond what EPA ordered. Three times EPA has considered their request. Three times EPA has rejected it.

LINK: EPA calls project “a historic achievement”

GE did not determine the size and scope of this project. The company’s responsibility was to conduct the project EPA selected – and we have done so exceptionally well.

EPA has determined no further dredging is necessary because the dredging project is achieving the goals of protecting public health and the environment.

Beyond more environmental dredging, some also are demanding navigational dredging to deepen the river for very large boats. Navigational dredging has never been part of the environmental dredging project.

GE made a public commitment in 2002 to conduct the environmental dredging project as safely and effectively as possible. We assembled a world-class team of environmental engineers and dredging experts and applied next-generation technology to meticulously plan and conduct every aspect of the project. Our crews dredged around the clock for six months of the year for six years and coordinated closely with local communities and elected officials to minimize impacts. GE has invested more than $1 billion and met every commitment to EPA.

We have kept our word.

We share the goal of a cleaner Hudson River, and though this particular phase of our work will soon come to a close, our cleanup efforts will continue, with a focus on the floodplains along the Upper Hudson, the continuing cleanups of our Hudson Falls and Fort Edward plant sites, and monitoring environmental conditions in the river. We look forward to bringing the same standard of excellence to the next phase of our work.