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Report Confirms Fish Injury From Hudson River PCBs

Dredging of the Hudson River

As General Electric enters its final season of dredging on the Hudson River, trustees responsible for ensuring the public is compensated for the damage caused by PCBs have issued a report on the affects of the chemical contaminants on fish.

The report released Thursday expands on a 2001 document and is part of a federal National Resource Damage Assessment by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the State of New York.

The report says the public’s use of a Hudson River fishery “continues to be severely curtailed.”

GE spokesman Mark Behan said it’s not a surprise that there are fish advisories on the Hudson River.

“GE is fully engaged in the largest and most comprehensive environmental dredging and restoration project in U.S. history, the explicit goal of which is to reduce the PCB levels in fish.”

Behan said GE is set to remove 100 percent of the PCBs targeted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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