GE sues National Grid in PCB cleanup
FORT EDWARD General Electric Co. has filed a lawsuit against National Grid seeking money from the utility for a share of costs for the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River.
GE announced the suit Monday, just as crews began a fourth year of dredging PCBs from the river. Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. released polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the river decades ago, and is dredging the river as part of a federal Superfund project that’s expected to cost more than $1 billion.
In a federal complaint filed Friday, GE says that in 1973 National Grid’s predecessor, Niagara Mohawk, removed a dam near Fort Edward that caused more than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment to wash downstream.
There was no initial comment from National Grid.
Judith Enck, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, visited Fort Edward as workers got back to work Monday.
She said the EPA is almost halfway to its goal of removing 2.65 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson.
Work crews exceed their removal goals last year, and Enck said she hoped they would maintain that efficient pace this season. Though weather and water levels affect the pace of the work, Enck said she hoped the project will be finished in 2016.