Living near the hudson river or another site containing pcbs may also be a possible source of pcbs in blood through contact with contaminated soils, water, or air we looked at the distance from both the hudson river and other pcb sites for participants in the study group. When placed in river or lake beds, spears will absorb pcbs and other harmful contaminants from the sediment all while protecting human health and the environment by trapping the harmful. With this proposal and in cooperation with the state attorney general, new york will file a lawsuit if the epa, despite data to the contrary, finds that the hudson river cleanup of pcbs is complete. In a letter to the environmental protection agency (epa), new york state department of environmental conservation (dec) commissioner basil seggos today challenged the effectiveness of epa's remedy to cleanup pcbs from the upper hudson river.
Between 1947 and 1977, general electric polluted the hudson river by dispensing polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs), causing a range of harmful effects to wildlife and people who eat fish from the river or drink the water. Findings from the us environmental protection agency's second five-year review of the hudson river pcbs superfund site show progress toward a remedy protective of human health and the. Hudson river striped bass netted during their spawning run in the hudson near garrison, new york 1 after the dam was removed the dec also found extremely high levels of pcb's in fish 2.
Information about the hudson river pcbs superfund site the hudson river pcbs superfund site is located in new york and consists of 200 miles of the river the site is one of the largest superfund sites in the country. Hudson river fish advisories chemicals in hudson river fish can harm your health even if the fish look healthy and the water looks clean learn about new york state health advisories on eating hudson river fish. Highly-contaminated pcb sediment in large sections of the upper hudson river, which was expected to result in lower fish flesh pcb concentrations, a reduction of human health and environmental risk, and a quicker removal of fcas than if no action was taken. The hudson river and pcb pollution the hudson river is a body of water that stretches for 315 miles from the adirondack mountains to the battery in manhattan, reaching its deepest point of 216 feet in the highlands near constitution island and west point and reaches its widest point of 3 miles across at havestraw.
Fort edward, ny — ask matthew traver, the mayor of this village north of albany, his opinion of general electric and its two closed factories that spilled pcbs into the hudson river for. But pcbs have polluted the entire stretch of river below hudson falls in december 2000, the environmental protection agency (epa) announced a proposed plan to clean up the hudson river and protect public health after. The hudson river remains contaminated with levels of pcbs that don't meet state and federal regulations and the river cleanup remains incomplete, according to an updated report issued by the.
Remove some 2 million m3 of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the hudson river north of albany, new york the main target of this expensive operation is polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs)—oily. Since 1929, over one million pounds of pcbs have been released into the hudson river dumping and leakage from general electric (ge) plants at fort edward and hudson falls have resulted in pcb contamination of the water, animal and plant life, and sediment in the hudson river. In six construction seasons (2009 and 2011-2015), ge removed 310,000 pounds of pcbs from the upper hudson river in what was one of the largest and most successful environmental dredging projects ever undertaken in the us ge has addressed 100 percent of the pcbs targeted by epa. Once released to the river, pcb interactions among sediment, water, and biota have distributed pcbs throughout the hudson river the hudson river between ft edward and troy is part of the lake champlain canal system and contains a series of run-of-the-river dams and associated locks.
Ge says it has removed all the pcbs that the epa had targeted for removal but gallay contends there was a large amount of contamination in the river beyond what was known when the original. At the hudson river pcbs superfund site (site) are protective of public health and the environment and functioning as designed this fyr was conducted for both the remnant deposits. A three-year effort to remove polychlorinated biphenyls, or pcbs, and other toxic chemicals from the hudson river near an old dye factory in rensselaer, ny, will likely begin this month.
It found that dredging performed by general electric to clean up a portion of the pcbs from the hudson river was not protective of human health or the environment. After the epa issued its cleanup plan for the hudson, sampling by the agency revealed roughly three times more pcbs in the upper river than previously detected. New york is also prepared to withdraw from the 2002 record of decision which guided the cleanup and removal of millions of tons of pcb-contaminated sediment from the upper hudson river the epa's decision is expected to be announced later this month, and indications are they will deem the cleanup complete.