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GE-NEW YORK STATE AGREE ON HUDSON FALLS PCB PROGRAM

 ALBANY, N.Y., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- GE today signed a consent agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation outlining a complete program to investigate the causes of PCB contamination affecting the Hudson River at and near the company's former manufacturing capacitor plant at Hudson Falls. Peter Lanahan, manager of GE's Hudson River Project, released the following statement.
 "GE is pleased to have reached this agreement with State Environmental Officials to investigate the potential sources of PCB contamination in the area of our Hudson Falls plant where manufacturing operations ceased in 1989. The company now performs only assembly and testing at the site. This order is a logical next step in the on-going work the company is going to find the best solution for PCBs in the Hudson River.
 "It was through these extensive efforts that elevated PCB levels were identified in the river last year and promptly reported to state and federal officials. GE engineers, who have been monitoring PCB levels inthe river using the most advanced scientific techniques available, discovered the elevated levels in the water several miles downstream of the plant site. The company voluntarily undertook an intensive investigation to find the source. As a result, the investigation has preliminary identified several possible sources, including some 1500 cubic yards of PCB contaminated sediment in the abandoned Allen Paper Mill, located at river level at Hudson Falls, and potentially contaminated groundwater at the former GE manufacturing facility.
 "Under the GE-New York State DEC order, these and all other potential sources near the Hudson Falls plant will be investigated.
 "Extensive corrective work is already underway. An old sluiceway leading to the abandoned paper mill has been drained, mitigating contact between the river and the contamination. Company plans, included in the order, are to remove the contaminated sediment and to collect and treat contaminated groundwater, beginning this construction season, at a projected cost of about $2.5 million. Preliminary data collected by the company indicate that PCB levels in the river near the plant may be returning to low levels as a result of the work which has already been accomplished. Future monitoring and investigation will be accomplished to verify this observation.
 "The work to be accomplished under the GE-New York State consent Order is scheduled to be completed by the end of 1994. Following completion of corrective actions near the Hudson Falls plant, the company expects that the natural recovery of the river will resume, as had been documented prior to the discovery of the elevated PCB levels.
 "GE is continuing its extensive program to participate in the Federal EPA Reassessment, which is re-examining a 1984 decision that rejected dredging of the sediments located downstream of the Hudson Falls plant."
 Lanahan said that GE's actions on the river to date have included:
 -- $25 million to develop and carry out a nationally recognized research effort on biodegradation of PCBs
 -- $15 million to cap PCB remnant deposits near Fort Edward, preventing contact of the PCBs with the river. Construction was completed in 1991.
 -- $5 million since 1990 for on-going monitoring and technical assessment of PCB levels in the river.
 -0- 7/16/93
 /CONTACT: Peter Lanahan of manager-Hudson River Project of GE, 518-371-3786 or 518-644-3731/
 (GE)


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