EPA Tells GE to Clean Up the Hudson
In response, to EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's draft
decision to stay the course and order GE to pay for the cleanup of the
Hudson, Citizens to Cleanup GE, a project of the nonprofit group
Essential Information, called on General Electric Company (GE) to
embrace EPA's proposed plan to clean up the Hudson River.
Todd Main, a spokesperson for the Cleanup GE Campaign said, "If GE
resists the EPA plan it will send a message that they reject using
"sound science" to make decisions."
"It is time that they act responsibly and accept the mainstream
scientific consensus on cleaning up the Hudson," he added.
By its own admission, GE from 1947-1977, discharged over a million
pounds of PCBs into the Hudson River from its two manufacturing plants
in upstate New York. Contrary to GE's campaign of misinformation, PCBs
have been shown to cause cancer in humans.
Last year, the EPA drafted a plan to dredge a 40-mile long series of
hot spots from Troy to the so-called Thompson Island pool just south of
their facilities. In response, GE launched a massive public relations
campaign to avoid responsibility for the cleanup.