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The first day of dredging to remove PCB-laden sediments from the upper Hudson River in 2009. Photo: David Chanatry.
The first day of dredging to remove PCB-laden sediments from the upper Hudson River in 2009. Photo: David Chanatry.

GE sues utility as dredging restarts on Hudson

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking money from the utility for a share of costs for the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River.

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GE announced the suit Monday, just as crews began a fourth year of dredging PCBs from the river. Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. released poly-chlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the river decades ago, and is dredging the river as part of a federal Superfund project that's expected to cost more than $1 billion.

In a federal complaint filed Friday, GE says that in 1973 National Grid's predecessor, Niagara Mohawk, removed a dam near Fort Edward that caused more than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment to wash downstream.

There was no initial comment from National Grid.

 

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