Watchdog groups claim more work needs to be done at Hudson River

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — After six years of scooping toxins out of the Hudson River, General Electric announced they’re done with dredging, but some environmental watchdogs still aren’t satisfied.

GE Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt released this statement:

“We brought world class GE engineering and technology to the task, and we met every obligation on the Hudson and will continue to do so. I’m proud of the work of our GE team and confident that the dredging project will benefit the Hudson for generations to come.”

But local group, Environmental Advocates of New York, say their own investigation proves otherwise. Water and natural resource associate Elizabeth Moran said more dredging is needed to ensure the river is clean enough for fishing and recreation.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, they have issued a report that GE’s reporting has severely underestimated the level of toxins remaining in the Hudson River,” she said.

“It’s a basic principal right? Something you’re taught in kindergarten. You make a mess you clean it up.”

NEWS10 ABC took those concerns to GE, and they stood by their decision.

Spokesman Mark Behan responded with this statement:

“EPA issued a final decision and determined the scope of the project.  GE implemented the project EPA selected, and EPA says its goals have been achieved and no further dredging is necessary.”

GE representatives also point out that although the dredging has stopped, the cleanup on the Hudson continues.

Construction crews will remain out on the water for months. GE says they will be back filling the river with healthy soil through November and after that for several other months they’re going to be planting healthy vegetation in the water.

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