proposed in PCB cleanup
Democrat and Chronicle.com
HUDSON FALLS Construction of a tunnel to drain away PCB-contaminated
groundwater by an old General Electric plant was proposed
Thursday as part of a state cleanup plan.
The proposal for the former manufacturing site by the
Hudson River also calls for expansion of an onsite wastewater
treatment plant, building demolition and the treatment
or removal of soil contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls.
The $60 million state Superfund plan, if approved, would
start a new chapter in the multidecade, cleanup of GE
facilities at Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, where PCBs
were used before a federal ban in 1977.
The state plan is separate from the massive Hudson River
PCB dredging project the federal Environmental Protection
Agency intends to begin in 2006.
Key to the state Department of Environmental Conservationís
Hudson Falls cleanup plan would be the installation of
a tunnel beneath the river to drain away contaminated
groundwater in the bedrock that might otherwise leak into