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GE Surpasses Clean Up Goal on Hudson River

By Ryan Delaney

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-994140.mp3

Forth Edward, NY – (AP) General Electric exceeded its goal for cleaning up a section of the Hudson River north of Albany.

GE says it removed 363,000 cubic yards of the organic compound PCB from the river near Fort Edward this year. That's above the Environmental Protection Agency's target of 350,000.

EPA administrators say changes in dredging operations were also able to reduce the amount of PCBs kicked up in the water.

A GE facility in Fort Edward deposited PCBs, often used as a coolant, into the river from the 1940's to late 1970's as it manufactured motors and later capacitors.

The second year of dredging at the EPA Superfund site ended November 8th.