GE sues utility as dredging restarts on Hudson

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April 30, 2013

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Company has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking funds to cover the cleanup costs of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River.

GE announced the suit Monday, just as crews began a fourth year of dredging poly-chlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from the river. The Fairfield, Conn.-based company released PCBs into the river decades ago, and is dredging the river as part of a federal Superfund project that's expected to cost more than $1 billion.

In a federal complaint filed Friday, GE says National Grid's predecessor, Niagara Mohawk, removed a dam near Fort Edward in 1973 that caused more than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment to wash downstream.

There was no initial comment from National Grid.

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