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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it is adding seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List. The only one in the Northeast is a former metals plant in northern Westchester County, New York.

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Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding General Electric’s cleanup of the Hudson River has drawn strong reaction from politicians and environmentalists, with New York state officials threatening to sue the federal agency.

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New York state, the federal government and environmentalists up and down the Hudson have been readying for months for the next chapter of General Electric’s mandated cleanup of the river.

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

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS chemicals. PFOA and PFOS have contaminated drinking water in such New York communities as Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough, and it’s up to states to take the lead.

EPA Rolls Out PFAS Action Plan

Feb 14, 2019
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Earlier today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS, a family of chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS. PFOA and PFOS are toxic substances that have contaminated drinking water in a number of New York communities, including Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup incomplete. The EPA has said it would decide on GE’s request for a Certificate of Completion in early 2019.

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018 Part Two

Dec 31, 2018
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A controversial, heated campaign in New York’s 19th congressional district was the talk of the town in 2018. And environmental sagas, including over Newburgh’s PFOS water contamination, continued. But there was plenty else grabbing attention in the region. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back.

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018

Dec 28, 2018
From left to right: Democrat Antonio Delgado, Republican Congressman John Faso, the Green Party's Steve Greenfield and independent Diane Neal
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A mid-term election year with several key races in the Hudson Valley grabbed a lot of air time, while PCBs and PFOS continued to dominate environmental headlines in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back at some significant stories in her region during the first half of the year.

NYS Study Says GE PCB Cleanup Is Incomplete

Dec 21, 2018

The Hudson River cleanup isn’t done yet. That’s according to the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, which released a study Thursday showing General Electric's cleanup of PCB contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete. It’s the latest effort to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from issuing GE a certificate of completion. GE disagrees.

A study commissioned by environmental group Scenic Hudson shows PCBs have re-contaminated dredged areas of the upper Hudson River. A spokesman for the company responsible for the cleanup refutes the study’s results. This comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to deem the PCB cleanup project complete.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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The Dutchess County executive is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from deeming the upper Hudson River PCB cleanup project complete. General Electric maintains it has done its job.

An EPA official meets with Hoosick Falls residents Tuesday.
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State and federal agencies met with the residents of Hoosick Falls Tuesday night, where an investigation into the presence of toxic chemicals in local water supplies continues. Officials hope to foster better communication between the people and government.

EPA Seeks To Add Westchester Site To Superfund List

Sep 12, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the addition of six sites to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List. One is in New York, in the Hudson Valley.

Villagers protest a revised settlement agreement between Hoosick Falls and companies Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in February 2017 (file photo)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a report on community involvement during the ongoing investigation into contaminated water supplies in Hoosick Falls at two meetings this week.

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Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

Later this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the first in a series of regional meetings on PFAS contamination in Exeter, New Hampshire. It follows a summit in Washington, D.C. in May.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting Vermonters to attend a regional summit on unregulated PFAS chemicals later this month in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million to New York state for clean water projects.

A national summit on PFAS chemicals was held in Washington, D.C. this week. Convened by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the two-day event sought input on pollution including PFOA and PFOS, which have been discovered in several communities in our region.

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Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen was in Washington D.C. Tuesday to attend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s summit on PFAS chemicals.

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House Republican Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District is calling for the resignation of embattled U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports she made the remarks at a town hall meeting on Thursday.

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In mid-March, President Donald Trump told an audience in Detroit that he would roll back vehicle emissions standards established by President Barack Obama’s executive order on fuel mandates. This week Trump made good on his promise.

A former drycleaner in Ballston Spa, New York is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the possible contamination of nearby homes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the agency’s latest findings.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the thousands of public comments it received on its second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund project.

EPA Delays Decision On GE's Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Jan 8, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed General Electric that its decision about whether to formally determine that the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup is complete is delayed. Meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the EPA, saying additional cleanup would accelerate recovery of the river and its resources.

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A new fight is simmering over General Electric's legacy of toxic pollution as the company seeks to close the books on a $1.7 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has received state funds allocated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent water pollution. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montgomery County have entered a new agreement to remove asbestos contamination from the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

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