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Dredging barges head for the river (Source:  EPA)
Dredging barges head for the river (Source: EPA)

Dredging begins on Upper Hudson after decades of PCB debate

After decades of research, litigation and political wrangling, General Electric is finally dredging tons of PCB-contaminated muck from the upper Hudson River. The first scoop was pulled from the river Friday morning. It's expected to be one of the biggest and most challenging environmental clean-ups in US history. This morning, Brian Mann has a special in-depth look at the battle over the future of the Hudson River.  Go to full article

EPA Ombudsman Losing Independence?

Testimony before a Senate committee indicates the Environmental Protection Agency's ombudsman would not have the independence necessary to do the job under a reorganization planned by the EPA Administrator. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham explains.  Go to full article

EPA Curtails Pesticide Use on Food Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency is increasing restrictions on two pesticides that are used on food children frequently eat. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has this report.  Go to full article

EPA Administrator Nomination Challenged in Senate

The nomination of former Ohio EPA directror Donald Schregardus to be the assistant US EPA administrator for enforcement and compliance is being challenged in the Senate. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Natalie Walston reports.  Go to full article

Activists Say Schregardus is Wrong for EPA Job

Former Ohio EPA Director Donald Schregardus faces Senate confirmation as US Assistant EPA Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance. Activists in Ohio say his pro-business philosophy makes him the wrong choice for the job. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Natalie Walston reports.  Go to full article

GAO Finds EPA Lax Regarding Conflicts of Interest

The Environmental Protection Agency's advisors might not always be impartial. A report by the General Accounting Office finds the EPA doesn't properly guard against conflicts of interest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 3

In the final part of our series on PCB contamination in the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the damage to the environment...and at GE's claim that the river is slowly cleaning itself.  Go to full article

America?s Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 2

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether tons of PCBs should be dredged from the Hudson River. At the center of the debate are questions about the chemical's affect on human health. In this second part of our series on the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the volatile mix of science and public opinion that will shape the EPA's decision.  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Pt. 1

New York's Hudson River is the largest toxic waste site in the United States. PCBs dumped decades ago from a pair of General Electric factories summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether GE have contaminated the Hudson over a two hundred mile area. This should pay to clean up the river--at a cost of $460 million. Environmental groups support the clean up. But the corporation and many local residents are fighting to stop it. In this first of a three-part series, Brian Mann looks at the fierce battle being waged over the Hudson's future.  Go to full article

Groups Sue EPA to Stop Exotic Species Introduction

Some environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they say it's not doing enough to stop exotic species from entering U.S. waterways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

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