NY official says EPA poised to OK GE's Hudson River cleanup
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's top environmental official says the federal government is poised to determine that General Electric met its goal of cleaning the Hudson River, despite opposition from environmentalists and state officials.
State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos told the Albany Times Union on Thursday that his office has been in contact with the Environmental Protection Agency over a potential finding that GE's $1.7 billion cleanup of the river satisfies a 2002 agreement between EPA and the Boston-based company.
The "certificate of completion" could absolve GE of further liability for polychlorinated biphenyls remaining in the river.
An EPA spokesman said federal officials have not decided on the completion ruling.
GE completed removal of 2.75 million cubic yards (2.1 million cubic meters) of PCB-contaminated river sediment in 2015.
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