GE Prepares for More Dredging on Hudson River

by Associated Press
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Dredging on the upper Hudson River will begin early next month

Crews are expected to begin a fourth season of dredging on the upper Hudson River in early May if conditions are good.

General Electric Co. released poly-chlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the river decades ago, and is dredging the river north of Albany as part of a federal Superfund project. The cleanup is expected to cost more than $1 billion.

Local media report that the amount of contaminated sediment removed from the river this year could be less than 2012 because crews will be working in separated work sites and will be hauling sediment longer distances.

GE officials spoke Thursday to members of a community advisory group at Saratoga Spa State Park. The start date for dredging could be pushed back if heavy rains swell the river.

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