DEC: Hudson River Cleanup Not Done

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos yesterday challenged the effectiveness of EPA’s remedy to cleanup PCBs from the Upper Hudson River.

With unacceptably high levels of contamination still left in river sediment, the state called on EPA to reexamine its cleanup to effectively protect public health and the environment over the long term.

Unacceptably high levels of PCB contaminated sediment remain in large portions of the Upper Hudson River,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The job is not done and the remedy as implemented may not achieve the targeted reductions of PCB levels in water and fish tissue within the timeframes originally anticipated by EPA. EPA must ensure the remediation conducted by General Electric is effectively protecting public health and the environment from exposure to PCBs.”

Specifically, DEC is urging EPA to evaluate the sufficiency of the remediation selected in the Record of Decision (ROD) guiding this cleanup. EPA’s current five-year review must thoroughly quantify the trends based on all available fish, water, and sediment data, and make reasonable and conservative assumptions regarding future trends.

Recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others illustrate that recovery rates for fish in the lower Hudson may be far longer than EPA anticipated.

Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Contingency Plan (NCP), EPA is required to monitor effectiveness of the remedy to affirm that it is meeting the goals set by the Record of Decision (ROD).

In March, EPA committed to perform a five-year review of the remedy, which it expects to issue in the spring of 2017. EPA must take additional remedial action if the remedy fails to meet the goals required by the ROD, including the reduction of PCB levels in fish within the timeframe EPA originally anticipated.

 

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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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