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Tunnel proposed in PCB cleanup
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Associated Press

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 the river.

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