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Regulators OK Plan To Dismantle Hudson PCB Cleanup Plant

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Federal regulators have approved General Electric's plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Thursday that its approval allows GE to begin dismantling the 110-acre sediment processing plant and restore the site as outlined in the plan. The demobilization plan will continue into 2016.

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees, a three-member group of government officials, had asked the EPA to delay dismantling the plant in case more dredging is needed. EPA says a temporary facility could be employed if that happens.

The dredging project covered a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany.

The village of Fort Edward is considering economic development options for the processing plant site.

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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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