NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on whether General Electric has properly completed its cleanup of the Hudson River.
The EPA sent a letter to GE on Tuesday, saying the agency needs more time to complete its review.
GE had asked the EPA for a “certificate of completion” a year ago, after finishing the removal of millions of cubic yards of sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which have been shown to cause cancer.
The EPA has said the data shows no more dredging is needed.
But Paul Gallay, the Hudson Riverkeeper, calls the agency’s delay an attempt to avoid public scrutiny.
“When you have two other federal agencies saying the cleanup’s insufficient, EPA doesn’t really have any place to hide,” he states. “The light’s on them, whether they like it or not.”
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