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6th and final season of upper-Hudson River dredging to begin

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WATERFORD, New York — Crews are preparing to begin a sixth and final season of PCB dredging along the upper-Hudson River.

The regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency will discuss the $2 billion cleanup with reporters Thursday morning as General Electric gears up for dredging north of Albany. Dredging could start later Thursday. The season typically runs into the fall.

GE discharged polychlorinated biphenyls into the river decades ago when they were used as coolants in electrical equipment.

Flood plain work, habitat reconstruction along the river and long-term monitoring will continue after dredging is finished.

Also, federal Natural Resources Trustees will make an assessment of the harm done to the river's resources, either through a settlement with GE over its liability or through litigation.

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