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NY officials sue EPA over massive Hudson River cleanup

FILE - In this June 10, 2011 file photo, crews dredge the Hudson River in Fort Edward, N.Y. FILE - In this June 10, 2011 file photo, crews dredge the Hudson River in Fort Edward, N.Y. | Photo: AP Photo/Mike Groll, File.

August 21, 2019 01:00 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials seeking additional cleanup of the Hudson River have filed a promised lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to overturn the EPA's decision in April to give General Electric Co. a "certificate of completion" for its removal of polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.

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Boston-based GE discharged tons of PCBs from factories north of Albany decades ago and completed removal of 2.75 million cubic yards (2.1 million cubic meters) of contaminated river sediment in 2015.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats, said PCB contamination in the river remains unacceptably high.

There was no immediate reaction from the EPA. In April, agency officials said more time and testing are needed to fully assess the $1.7 billion cleanup.

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