Posted at: 11/05/2013 11:20 AM
Updated at: 11/05/2013 6:54 PM
ALBANY - This year's dredging season wraps up in a week and a half, when the co-located Champlain Canal is closed until Spring.
By phone from New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Director Judith Enck said things were going very well. "We originally thought that dredging would take three more years. We believe it will now take two more years."
Although supervised by the federal government, the Hudson River dredging is being paid for by General Electric, which put the potentially cancer causing compound PCB in the river over decades after World War II.
They were a product of manufacturing done at plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward.
G-E is moving to close the Fort Edward operation by next year.
Regional Director Enck said there was no indication from GE officials that the dredging requirement had anything to do with the company's announced intention to leave Washington County.