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US Gov't Shutdown Won't Stop Dredging

Hudson dredging more elaborate than expected
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General Electric spokesman Mark Behan presents an aerial map of the dredging site at Fort Edward.

General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River to clean up pollution has continued on pace during the government shutdown:  The Environmental Protection Agency says it has been able to oversee the Superfund project despite furloughs.

Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by PCBs, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.

Until 1977, GE discharged into the river about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, which were used as coolants in electrical equipment. The project should reduce PCB levels in fish and improve the natural habitat.

The private-sector crews have continued to work north of Albany since the government shutdown. Mark Behan, a spokesman for Fairfield, Conn.-based GE, said Wednesday the shutdown hasn't affected the project.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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