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GE to study Hudson River cleanup expansion

General Electric Co. says it will study a possible expansion of its PCB cleanup of the upper Hudson River after a request by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

GE, which released poly-chlorinated biphenyls into the river decades ago, is preparing for a fourth season of dredging as part of a federal Superfund project. But DiNapoli says Monday that GE could potentially be found liable for contamination outside the Superfund site and filed a shareholder resolution calling on the company to evaluate its risks.

GE agreed to an analysis and DiNapoli, acting as trustee of the state pension fund, withdrew his resolution.

GE spokesman Mark Behan says the cleanup is achieving all of its goals and the company doesn't believe expanded dredging is necessary. But they'll answer DiNapoli's questions by the end of the year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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.