GE: Hudson River dredging to be complete in 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – General Electric
Co. expects dredging of the upper Hudson River to be complete in 2015.

The Fairfield, Conn.-based company
says Thursday it intends to begin a fifth season of dredging for PCBs under the
federal Superfund project in May, weather permitting. That would leave one more
season of dredging in 2015 and an additional year of habitat planting and
reconstruction.

GE agreed with the Environmental
Protection Agency to remove PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of river at a cost
regulators estimate will be about $2 billion. Until 1977, GE discharged into
the river about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, which were used as coolants in
electrical equipment.

GE says it will have to build a
shoreline support area to dredge a stretch of river that cannot be reached by
boat.

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