Letter Calls on GE to Complete Hudson Dredging

The Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment sent a letter recently to General Electric urging the company to fully complete the cleanup of the Hudson River.

As shareholders in GE, our Coalition has long been involved in encouraging our company to take full and complete responsibility for the contamination caused by the disposal into the Hudson River of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that were used at the Fort Edward and Hudson Falls plants until 1977,” the letter stated.

In addition to our concerns about the impact of the PCB contamination and thorough cleanup on our company’s long-term value, we raise these issues due tot he grave effects they have had on communities along the Hudson River, whose health and well-being have been negatively impacted, along with the economic vitality of the entire Hudson Valley region, ecosystem, and waterway.”

Tri-CRI’s letter adds to a growing chorus of calls from community and environmental stakeholders along the Hudson, including the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson which hailed the Coalition’s letter, as GE has begun to dismantle the Fort Edward PCB Processing Plant.

Although GE will soon complete the dredging required by a 2002 agreement between the Company and the EPA, as Tri-CRI’s letter states “subsequent studies by the Federal Natural Resources Damages Trustees and EPA indicate that there is still much to be done.”  

This echoes a letter from 25 New York state senators which notes with concern the “reports from federal, state and independent natural resource scientists indicating that significant PCB ‘hot spots’ will remain after the company’s dredging operations shut down later this year.”

In light of these reports and the imminent end of GE’s existing dredging activities, Tri-CRI’s letter urges the company to “enter into a voluntary agreement with state and federal authorities to complete a more extensive cleanup and restoration of the 40 mile stretch in the Upper Hudson.”

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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