Benzy says: “This is where approximately 1.3 million pounds of PCBs were discharged into the Hudson River from two General Electric (GE) capacitor manufacturing plants located in the towns of Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York prior to 1977 when PCBs were banned. This explains the lack of fishing, swimming and boats. GE has been tasked with dredging the sediment, an endeavor that started in 2009 and will continue into the future. #shantyboat #superfundsite #hudsonriver “
John Webber who owns the diner in Ft Edward told us that GE employees regularly dumped whole barrels full of chemicals directly into the river. There were at least four other upstream plants (Finch Pruyn, Patrician Paper, International Paper, Imperial/Hercules) that dumped contaminants including Mercury directly in the river.
In the early oughts when they dredged the river, they built an entire plant to process the contaminated sediment then shipped the dried toxic dirt to dump in some western state. #cleanwater #environment #pcbs — at Fort Edward, New York