Fort Edward

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On a blustery spring day, a small crowd gathers at the parking area of the Washington County Grasslands, a DEC Wildlife Management Area located on 286 acres in the heart of the upper Hudson’s farm country.

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After first announcing its exit from Fort Edward last October, General Electric has pushed back the closure of its capacitor manufacturing facility until May.

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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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a plan to dismantle and decontaminate a processing facility that was built to support PCB dredging efforts in the upper Hudson. While many officials from surrounding communities have called for additional dredging, others would like to see things wrapped up sooner.  

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 Update 9/16/15: A Commerce official responded to a request for comment saying: "In this proceeding, the Department of Commerce is investigating whether imports of Canadian-produced supercalendered paper are being unfairly subsidized by the federal Canadian government and several provincial governments.  No matter what may be the outcome of this investigation, in no circumstance would supercalendered paper produced in the United States be subject to any U.S. countervailing duties." 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer toured Washington County’s largest private employer today and said a new tariff could negatively impact the business.

New York State environmental officials have released details of a plan to clean toxic chemicals from a General Electric facility on the upper Hudson River.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has opened a public comment period on a proposed remedy for the PCB contamination found at the G.E. Fort Edward Plant Site.

PCBs were used by GE in its capacitor manufacturing there. For three decades the chemicals were dumped into the nearby Hudson River.

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General Electric has announced that it will shutter its Fort Edward plant, but the union representing employees says it will fight its members’ jobs.