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President Obama at the General Electric turbine assembly plant in Schenectady.
President Obama at the General Electric turbine assembly plant in Schenectady.

President delivers optimism at GE

President Obama touched down in upstate New York Friday for a brief visit to General Electric's energy operations in Schenectady. As the Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs reports, his visit left many in the region feeling optimistic.  Go to full article
The first day of dredging to remove PCB-laden sediments. It will be loaded onto barges, treated nearby, then shipped by rail to a waste site in Texas. Photo: David Chanatry.
The first day of dredging to remove PCB-laden sediments. It will be loaded onto barges, treated nearby, then shipped by rail to a waste site in Texas. Photo: David Chanatry.

Hudson River dredging: making it better, or worse?

Four hundred years after Henry Hudson sailed up the river that bears his name, one of the biggest toxic waste cleanups ever is underway. It's an attempt to restore the Hudson to health. Environmentalists fought more than 30 years for the cleanup, but not everyone's on board. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, David Chanatry reports.  Go to full article
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
General Electric discloses PCB spending
General Electric discloses PCB spending

GE Reveals Spending on PCB Dredging Fight

A group of religious investors led by a Roman Catholic nun says General Electric spent more than $120 million trying to block the clean up of toxic PCBs. GE disclosed the figures after years of pressure from activist shareholders. As Brian Mann reports, critics say the money should have been spent cleaning up the Hudson River and other polluted sites.  Go to full article

GE, EPA Announce Hudson River Dredging Deal

The US Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have struck a deal on dredging PCB-contaminated sediment from the bottom of the upper Hudson River. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

GE To Pay New Yorkers For Deceptive Practices

General Electric will pay New York consumers $780,000 as well as a $650,000 penalty under a court order as a part of a state lawsuit claiming deceptive practices. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

GE Strike Looms In Fort Edward

General Electric's factories in Fort Edward and Schenectady are facing their first national strike in more than thirty years. GE's largest unions - representing some twenty thousand workers - say they'll stage a two-day protest next week. As Brian Mann reports, local businesses worry that a longer dispute could follow.  Go to full article

EPA, GE May Work Together On Hudson Clean-up

After years of bitter fighting, General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency are moving ahead with plans to dredge the Hudson River. GE is giving signs that it may work with the EPA - instead of filing legal action to block the clean-up. Federal officials are also offering compromise. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

EPA Staff Meets with Environmental Groups on Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Environmental groups met Tuesday with top staff at the EPA to discuss a clean-up of the Hudson River. The talks follow earlier closed-door sessions between the agency and GE. As Brian Mann reports, clean up supporters worry that the project could be derailed.  Go to full article

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