EPA:

“The Hudson River PCB Superfund dredging project has been a success... This project is the most extensive dredging project undertaken in the nation, and its success is a historic achievement for the recovery of the Hudson River. It was also a success for the local economy - providing about 500 jobs at its peak.”

Major Shoreline Study Underway

GE is working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a long-term cleanup strategy for the Hudson River shoreline. The work spans 40 miles of river and includes 80 miles of land along both shores. The work will evaluate whether PCBs in areas prone to flooding are present at levels that pose potential risks to human health and the environment.

As the studies progress, EPA has determined that the Upper Hudson River and shoreline areas are safe for all types of recreation, including swimming, boating, kayaking, catch-and-release fishing, wading and hiking.

The studies GE is performing are embodied in a voluntary agreement GE and EPA signed in 2014. The work includes a significant data collection effort, development of human health and ecological risk assessments and an evaluation of potential cleanup activities. Based on the results, EPA, the Agency tasked with supervising GE’s work, will issue a cleanup plan (in a Record of Decision) for all shoreline areas from Fort Edward to Troy, N.Y.

These activities build upon the substantial evaluations already conducted along the river’s banks. Since 2008, GE has collected thousands of soil samples from shoreline areas that may flood during high-water events such as spring runoff. Approximately 80% of those samples showed no PCBs or very low levels.

Where elevated levels of PCBs have been detected in areas that are frequently used by residents or the public, GE installed EPA-approved “soil covers” or layers of clean soil to prevent contact with PCBs. All of GE’s work is approved and supervised by EPA.

If you have additional questions about GE’s work in the Hudson River, email info@hudsondredging.com or contact us at 518-792-4087 or toll-free at 1-888-596-3655.