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.”

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Hudson Conditions Better Than Ever

For more than 30 years, GE has worked closely with New York State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on projects to improve environmental conditions in the Hudson. The results are impressive:

  • Officials at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have concluded that, as a result of GE’s thorough cleanups at its former manufacturing facilities in Upstate New York, the sites are no longer significant sources of PCBs to the Hudson. These cleanups continue.
  • GE completed a six-year dredging project that removed 2.7 million cubic yards of sediment containing 310,000 pounds of PCBs from the river. The project was one of the largest and most logistically complex environmental dredging project ever performed in the United States. EPA called the project “a historic achievement,” one that is meeting EPA’s public health and environmental objectives.
  • Areas along the Hudson shoreline found to contain elevated levels of PCBs have been temporarily covered with clean soil as a comprehensive remedial investigation of these and other areas is performed.

Now that all of the PCBs EPA targeted have been removed from the river bed, EPA and GE are focusing on the 80 miles of Hudson shoreline (40 miles on the east and west banks) from Albany north to Fort Edward, N.Y. GE has already collected a significant amount of data, including thousands of soil samples. Approximately 80% of the samples have shown no PCBs or very low levels.

GE now is working with owners of shoreline property to collect additional data in order to assess whether PCBs are present at levels that would pose potential risks to human health and ecology. Following those assessments, various cleanup options will be evaluated on a number of criteria identified by EPA.

GE used polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the manufacture of electrical equipment at two plants on the Upper Hudson River. When available, the company held valid permits to use and discharge the compound but discontinued its use in the mid-1970s when PCB use was phased out in the United States.

The New York State Department of Health recommends that people take certain precautions after working or recreating in areas along the shoreline where flooding may have occurred. Click here for more information.

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.