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Hudson River Dredging Review This Week

By Dave Lucas

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Saratoga Springs, NY – A panel of engineers and independent scientists are gathering in Saratoga Springs this week to review the first phase of the 780-Million Dollar Hudson River cleanup project. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Cleanup of the Upper Hudson River got underway last May after years of delay: the dredging project is intended to remove years of built-up PCB-laden sediment, a chemical discharged by General Electric at two of its plants for decades. GE is handling the cleanup under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversight.

Saratoga State Park the backdrop for a two-day meeting scheduled to include presentations by GE and the EPA. The experts are meeting Wednesday and Thursday at the Gideon Putnam Resort: the peer review panel will be examining an enormous amount of information and feedback relating to the dredging project. Environmentalists are particularly interested in the first year dredging review.

Riverwatchers note that higher than anticipated levels of PCBs have been found in the water, particularly in the vicinity of Rogers Island. Officials say that it will take some time to evaluate the review panel's conclusions and recommendations.

Evaluation reports are available online from GE and the EPA.