EPA to make announcement on GE’s Hudson River cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to make an announcement on General Electric’s $1.7 billion Hudson River cleanup.

Regional Administrator Pete Lopez is slated to discuss the Superfund cleanup with reporters Thursday morning. Last week, New York’s top environmental official said the federal government was about to announce Boston-based GE met its cleanup goal, despite opposition from environmentalists and state officials.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos told the Albany Times Union editorial board that his office has been in contact with the EPA over a potential finding that GE’s dredging satisfies a 2002 agreement with regulators. The “certificate of completion” could absolve GE of further liability for polychlorinated biphenyls in the river.

Seggos, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a number of environmental groups believe PCB levels remain too high.

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