Demand EPA hold General Electric accountable for PCB pollution in the Hudson River

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand press release on PCB clean up

Independent Review of EPA's Upper Hudson River PCB dredging remedy

Join us in demanding the EPA hold General Electric accountable for their PCB pollution in the Hudson River.

On February 15, 2024, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with state, county, and local officials and environmental advocates at Albany City Hall to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) take action to clean up “forever chemicals,” polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Hudson River.

PCBs are toxic, man-made chemicals that can linger in water and soil for decades. Exposure is associated with a variety of serious health conditions, including cancers, and liver and kidney disorders. For 30 years – from 1947 to 1977 – General Electric dumped over 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson River, turning it into one of the country’s largest Superfund sites. Despite six years of dredging to clean it up, and even though more PCBs were removed from the river than the amount projected in the original remediation plan, significantly more were left behind.

Every five years, EPA is required to review the Hudson River PCB cleanup process and determine if it is complete or if there is more to be done. EPA’s next five-year review report is expected to be made public in 2024. In anticipation of its release, the Friends of a Clean Hudson (FOCH), led by Riverkeeper, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and Scenic Hudson, worked with technical experts to conduct an independent analysis, which concluded that cleanup efforts to date have not succeeded in reducing PCB concentrations in sediment and fish to levels needed to protect human and ecological health.

Right now, the senator along with state, county, and local officials and the Friends of Clean Hudson coalition are calling on EPA to acknowledge in this upcoming five-year review report that the dredging remedy is not working as intended and begin the process of assessing additional remedial actions.

Join us in demanding that the EPA acknowledge that the Upper Hudson River dredging remedy has failed to meet the goals and objectives of the cleanup, and urge EPA to adopt a “not protective determination” in the release of the third five-year review.


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  • Lisa Garcia, EPA, Region 2 Administrator
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