Contamination Halts $750 Million Cleanup of Hudson River

Polychlorinated biphenyl (or “PCB”) continues to contaminate the Hudson River in upstate New York. The contamination levels found after recent dredging have caused the Environmental Protection Agency to halt a $750 cleanup being sponsored by General Electric.

Associated Press writer Michael Gormley published an article earlier this morning on the news…

The dredging was halted Friday after tests conducted Wednesday and Thursday found average PCB levels just over federal drinking water standards. Saturday’s test came in above the maximum allowed for drinking water, while a Sunday result was below that cut off, Behan said. More samples were being tested Monday.

Skopeck said Monday that she hadn’t yet seen final test results from the weekend. She said dredging won’t resume until tests over two straight days yield results under the safety threshold.

“This isn’t unexpected,” Behan said Monday of the delay. He noted that the dredging now being conducted is a test to see if the techniques can accomplish the job farther upriver.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are considered a probable carcinogen and have been linked to immune, reproductive and nervous-system problems. They were once commonly used as coolants and lubricants.

…for more information on the cleanup and cause, please see The Hudson River PCM Story presented by Clearwater.

Categorized | Pollution & Toxins
One Response to “Contamination Halts $750 Million Cleanup of Hudson River”
  1. thomas says:

    Not really suprising considering the nature of the chemical PCB. PCBs are one of the most difficult chemical pollutants to deal with.


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