SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Citizens and advocates will protest what is likely to be a final meeting between the Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric before PCB clean-up operations are dismantled in Upstate New York.
Following six months of escalating public push back against General Electric closing down its current EPA-mandated cleanup of toxic PCBs it dumped into the Hudson River, protesters will urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to push GE to keep its dredging operation going for at least the next two years.
Advocates say that if GE pulls out of the Hudson this year, it will leave behind hundreds of thousands of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.
They claim that significant pollution will block the river’s recovery and waterfront revitalization for generations. Environmental advocates say that if GE won’t accept responsibility for its toxic legacy, New York State taxpayers will end up paying the bill for the crucial cleanup work.
Residents and advocates will rally on Thursday, October 1 at 12 p.m. at the Gideon Putnam Room in the administrative building at 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs.
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