New York Officials Say Hudson River PCB Cleanup Falls Short


New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation says its independent review finds General Electric’s recently completed Superfund cleanup of the Hudson River was insufficient to protect the public or the environment.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Tuesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency to “finish the job and hold GE accountable for cleaning up the Hudson River.”

Using EPA’s own criteria for Superfund reviews, DEC determined that high concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) remain in fish in parts of the Hudson River.

The EPA is now reviewing the effectiveness of a six-year project by GE to remove 2.75 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany.

New York officials want EPA to expand that review to the lower Hudson down to New York City.