Monday, May 18, 2009

Let the Dredging Begin

According to the New York Times, G.E. began to dredge our mighty Hudson, removing the PCBs, on Friday.

An estimated 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, flowed into the upper Hudson from two General Electric factories for three decades before they were banned, in 1977, as a health threat to people and wildlife. In high doses, they have been shown to cause cancer in animals and are listed by federal agencies as a probable human carcinogen.

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