General Electric agrees to study upper Hudson River floodplains for PCB contamination

Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection says General Electric has agreed to do a comprehensive study of PCB contamination of the upper Hudson River floodplain.

The Fairfield, Connecticut-based company has been dredging PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of river north of Albany since 2009 in a Superfund cleanup project estimated to cost 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.

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Under an agreement announced Wednesday, GE will investigate and develop cleanup options for PCB contamination in the 40-mile stretch from Hudson Falls to Troy. EPA estimates the cost of the work at $20.5 million.

GE also agreed to reimburse EPA for $3.5 million in floodplain-related past costs.