EPA Restarts Project that Contaminated Hudson River

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A dredging project to remove pollutants from the bottom of the Hudson River was resumed Tuesday, five days after it was halted due to the contamination it was causing in the river.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project, which is being carried out by General Electric (GE), aims to remove chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the river floor.

PCBs were used in transformers and capacitors from the 1940s until they were banned in 1977 and dumped into the Hudson by two plants located in the upstate New York towns of Fort Edward and Hudson Falls.

The project was temporarily shut down by the EPA on Aug. 7 after PCB levels in the river water exceeded the EPA’s limit of 500 parts per trillion. However, the EPA ordered the project restarted on Tuesday, as PCB levels had returned to a level well below the legal limit.

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