Riverkeeper Responds to DEC Report on Hudson River PCBs Cleanup

Last Tuesday, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released its independent report on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s review of the cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River.

It found that dredging performed by General Electric to clean up a portion of the PCBs from the Hudson River was not protective of human health or the environment.

In response, Riverkeeper has issued this statement in response to the announcement of the report:

Riverkeeper concurs with the DEC’s conclusion that the remedy selected to clean up GE’s PCBs in the Upper Hudson River is not protective of human health and the environment,” said Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Abigail Jones. “DEC’s report confirms what Riverkeeper has been arguing for years: there’s much more contamination in the river than anticipated, the fish consumption advisories are not working, and the decades-long delay for recovery of the river is unacceptable.”

We are excited and encouraged by DEC’s strong stance to ensure the health of the Hudson River. This is the sort of decisive action we’ve been calling for since we first learned about the problems with the cleanup. EPA has refused to acknowledge the extent to which the problems with the dredging and the fish consumption advisories are impacting the successfulness of the remedy. Only by acknowledging what’s lacking can we move forward with actions to ensure the remedy is not a failure,” added the Riverkeeper in the statement.

“EPA cannot be allowed to kick the can down the road, waiting decades longer for ‘monitored natural recovery’ to play out while we continue to be contaminated by PCBs. The DEC’s formal analysis leaves no doubt that the only rational and supported determination that EPA can come to in its Five Year Review is that the selected remedy for the Hudson River is not protective,” concluded Abigail Jones.


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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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