Regulators OK plan to dismantle Hudson PCB cleanup plant

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, crews perform dredging work along the upper Hudson River in Waterford, N.Y. Long after the last dredging barge leaves the upper Hudson River, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment under its landmark Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. After six years of digging, crews will have removed most of the PCBs on the river bottom discharged decades ago from two GE plants upriver. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) – Federal regulators have approved General Electric’s plan to dismantle a Hudson River PCB cleanup plant used during six years of dredging, which concluded this fall.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Thursday that its approval allows GE to begin dismantling the 110-acre sediment processing plant and restore the site as outlined in the plan. The demobilization plan will continue into 2016.

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees, a three-member group of government officials, had asked the EPA to delay dismantling the plant in case more dredging is needed. EPA says a temporary facility could be employed if that happens.

The dredging project covered a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany.

The village of Fort Edward is considering economic development options for the processing plant site.

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