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Vigil Held For Hudson River

Dredging of the Hudson River

Communities along the Hudson held a candlelight vigil last night to pressure General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo to clean up additional PCBs from the river.

Communities from Saratoga County to New York City are seeking the removal of more of the believed-to-be cancer-causing chemicals from the river after GE is scheduled to wrap up dredging this fall.

GE spokesman Mark Behan released a statement before the vigil saying as people gather " our dredging crews continue to work around the clock on one of the largest and most successful environmental cleanup projects ever undertaken in the United States."

GE has said no additional dredging is needed beyond what has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Recently, members of the state Assembly and Senate sent letters to GE and the governor seeking more cleanup.

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