by Ethan Genter
On January 16 from 3 to 6pm, Clearwater NRDC, Riverkeeper, and Scenic Hudson will host a Hudson River General Electric PCB cleanup update at the Marist College Boathouse.
The presentation, titled "Hudson River PCB Forum," is in response to GE's cleanup efforts downriver after the company released more than 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson River between 1947 and 1977. The EPA will give an update on the company's remediation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the effects of the cleanup on local fish, and the New York State Department of Health will advise on PCB-contaminated fish consumption. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will present on the injuries to the environment caused by the contamination.
A question and answer session will follow each report.
PCB, or Polychlorinated Biphenyl, was widely used in coolant fluids until its production was banned in 1979 by Congress. PCBs have been found as a probable human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Environmental Protection Agency, and have varying effects on immune, thyroid, and hormone functions, as well as child development.