Hudson River PCB dredging nears end of season

September 25, 2013

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says the massive Hudson River dredging project north of Albany has surpassed its goal for the season with at least a month to go.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that about 466,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment was removed as of Sept. 14, putting the project 116,000 cubic yards ahead of its goal for the season.

More than 110 acres have been dredged in the roughly 19 weeks of the season.
The Hudson River dredging project is removing sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls dumped from General Electric plants in the 1970s, before the chemicals were banned.

The project covers a 40-mile stretch of river.

Water quality is monitored at two locations along the river. There haven't been any reported exceedances of EPA standards for PCBs in the water this season.

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