NY officials threaten to sue EPA over Hudson PCB dredging

December 15, 2017 05:03 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say they'll sue if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies General Electric Co.'s $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River is complete.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, say Thursday that the PCB dredging of a 40-mile stretch of river wasn't sufficient to protect public health and the river. The lawsuit would seek further cleanup work.
They say New York will also withdraw from the 2002 agreement with EPA that guided the cleanup if the certificate is issued.
GE removed 2.75 million cubic yards (2.1 million cubic meters) of polychlorinated biphenyl-contaminated sediment from the river. An EPA review this summer said no more dredging is needed.
GE spokesman Mark Behan said GE has met all of its commitments to EPA and New York state.
An EPA spokeswoman says the agency will respond to comments from the state and others before completing its five-year review and deciding on GE's request for a completion certificate.

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