GE's dredging of the Hudson unaffected by shutdown
Posted at: 10/09/2013 1:14 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric's dredging of the Hudson River has continued on pace during the government shutdown, though federal furloughs have reduced the number of Environmental Protection Agency employees overseeing the Superfund project.
Crews under the direction of GE this season have removed 520,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by poly-chlorinated biphenyls, exceeding the annual goal set by regulators at the EPA.
Until 1977, GE discharged into the river about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, which were used as coolants in electrical equipment.
The private-sector crews have continued to work north of Albany since the government shutdown. Mark Behan, a spokesman for Fairfield, Conn.-based GE, says Wednesday the shutdown hasn't affected the project.
But furloughs have reduced the number of EPA employees working with GE to two who are considered essential.
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