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DEC Urges EPA To Hold Off On Hudson River Cleanup Decision

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
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DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make an announcement related to the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup tomorrow morning.

State environmental officials in New York, however, are asking EPA to hold off on issuing a Certificate of Completion for General Electric’s work to remove toxic PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of the Hudson from Fort Edward to Troy. The state has concluded in its own report that the cleanup isn’t finished.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke Wednesday with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, who says DEC has been working on the river since GE stopped its dredging work in 2015.

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