GE to pay 500 mln dollars for New York river cleanup

Dec 23, 2010
A view of the New York City skyline from the Hudson River in 2009. General Electric said Thursday it will soon complete a 500-million-dollar toxic waste cleanup project in New York's Hudson river to settle a decades-old battle with US environmental authorities.

General Electric said Thursday it will soon complete a 500-million-dollar toxic waste cleanup project in New York's Hudson river to settle a decades-old battle with US environmental authorities.

The giant industrial conglomerate said it had informed the US (EPA) that it will complete the second and final phase of the Hudson riverbed dredging project in late Spring 2011.

It said it had set aside 500 million dollars for the project and that it "expects this step will resolve future uncertainty regarding Hudson dredging liabilities."

The battle goes back to the late 1970s, when US authorities banned a carcinogenic chemical -- polychlorinated biphenyls -- which was used extensively in a GE plant along the Hudson.

The chemical contaminated a 200-mile stretch of the river, but GE and the EPA argued over the extent of the cleanup and GE's responsibility.

"GE has consistently said it wanted to complete the dredging and now looks forward to doing so under terms that achieve the scientific objectives of dredging in a practical and cost-effective way," Ann Klee, vice president of GE's environmental programs, said in a statement.

Explore further: Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

GE: Limit PCB contamination during Hudson dredging

Mar 08, 2010

(AP) -- General Electric Co. on Monday proposed a halting further dredging of the Hudson River if PCBs churned up by the work spread too much pollution downriver during the second phase of an ongoing cleanup.

Costly Superfund dredging set for Hudson River

May 09, 2009

(AP) -- People look funny at David Mathis when he takes a dip off his dock in the Hudson River. Health officials have long warned people not to eat fish caught from this slow-flowing stretch south of the Adirondacks and ...

Hudson River PCB cleanup to start

Jan 26, 2007

Workers must build a Superfund site support complex near Fort Edward, N.Y., before beginning one of the world's biggest environmental cleanup projects.

Phase 1 of PCB removal on Hudson wrapping up

Oct 11, 2009

(AP) -- Crews dredging a polluted stretch of the upper Hudson River this year battled high water, old logging debris and unexpected levels of PCB contamination that slowed progress.

In midst of river cleanup, supporters are divided

Jul 26, 2010

(AP) -- Once a dumping ground for chemicals, a stretch of the Housatonic River that winds near this Berkshires hamlet is being scoured in a lengthy, expensive cleanup. Now, dredging other parts of the riverbed ...

Critics: Burial site for Hudson PCBs is inadequate

Jun 22, 2009

(AP) -- Later this month, the first trainloads of PCB-tainted sludge dredged from the Hudson River will arrive and, in the eyes of critics, will turn a stretch of West Texas into New York's "pay toilet."

Recommended for you

Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch

12 minutes ago

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and partners have announced the purchase of a sprawling southeast Texas ranch with funds put aside after the BP oil spill.

Climate change: meteorologists preparing for the worst

22 minutes ago

Intense aerial turbulence, ice storms and scorching heatwaves, huge ocean waves—the world's climate experts forecast apocalyptic weather over the coming decades at a conference in Montreal that ended Thursday.

Sunlight, not microbes, key to CO2 in Arctic

42 minutes ago

The vast reservoir of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost is gradually being converted to carbon dioxide (CO2) after entering the freshwater system in a process thought to be controlled largely by microbial ...

Drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought

1 hour ago

Carpeting the high valleys of Yosemite and other parts of the Sierra Nevada, mountain meadows are more than an iconic part of the California landscape. The roughly 17,000 high altitude meadows help regulate ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Caliban
not rated yet Dec 23, 2010
What a joke. The PCB contamination exists at several sites along the Hudson, and is not limited to just the riverbed, but also consists of several plumes of considerable extent that seeped into the local shale formation that underlies the sites where the PCBS were used and/or "disposed" of.

500 million USD is merely a drop in the bucket compared to what a full cleanup would cost, and in no way will bring about the return of the area to anything like a safe environment for human or animal life, which will be threatened oncoing by the continued presence of this poison in the area.