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NY to EPA: Sample More from Hudson to Ensure Cleanup Worked

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New York's environmental commissioner is demanding federal officials sample additional sediment from the upper-Hudson River as they assess a massive Superfund cleanup.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos told the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday that New York would step in and perform the additional sampling for PCBs if the federal agency does not. The EPA is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the cleanup performed by General Electric.

There was no immediate response from the EPA regarding the letter.

New York this summer challenged the effectiveness of the dredging of PCB-contaminated sediment from the river. The state claimed unacceptably high levels of industrial waste were left behind.

Until 1977, GE factories discharged into the river more than 1 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls, considered a probable carcinogen.