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Post date: March 22 2006

Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Regarding General Electric’s

Today's announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that the General Electric Company has requested yet another delay in dredging its cancer-causing PCBs from the Hudson River is deeply troubling.

In 2002, the EPA finally issued its "Record of Decision," requiring that dredging of the Hudson River begin in 2005 and be completed by 2010. Since 2002, GE has twice convinced the EPA to delay this long overdue cleanup of the nation's largest superfund site. Yesterday, the company requested yet another delay that will push the beginning of dredging well into 2008. The first Record of Decision on this project was issued by the EPA in 1984. The federal government has been examining this environmental problem for more than 22 years.

Each year of delay means that PCBs continue to move down river, further contaminating the Hudson. Generations of New Yorkers have been unable to enjoy a clean Hudson River. It's not safe to eat much of the fish in the Hudson because of GE's PCBs.

I am deeply disturbed by GE's foot-dragging on this essential environmental cleanup project and urge the EPA to reject this latest stall tactic. The people of New York State have waited too long to reclaim their historic Hudson. GE should finally jettison its decades-old policy of resistance and delay and instead channel its significant resources into cleaning up the toxic mess it created in the Hudson River.