- New York 11/05/2013 (AP)
— The Environmental Protection Agency says dredging of PCBs from the Hudson River north of Albany is almost three quarters done.
The agency says Tuesday that crews removed 612,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the river bottom this year. They're on track to finish in two years.
The cleanup is one of the largest and most complex federal Superfund projects ever undertaken. Crews under the direction of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric are removing the pollution. They'll be filling in dredged areas as the fourth season of work draws to a close this week.
GE discharged about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the river before they were banned in 1977. The more than $1 billion project aims to reduce PCB levels in fish and improve the natural habitat.