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NYSDEC Commissioner Explains Intent To Sue EPA Over Hudson Cleanup Decision

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos

The debate over the future of General Electric’s Hudson River dredging is likely headed to court.

New York State officials are pledging to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after EPA today issued a General Electric a Certificate of Completion for the Remedial Action for its cleanup work on the upper Hudson River.

EPA says it will not determine the protectiveness for the remedy until more data is gathered.

For decades, GE discharged toxic PCBs into the Hudson River. After this morning’s announcement, the company says it met all its commitments to EPA for the remediation work.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard this afternoon about EPA’s actions.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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