EPA and GE Agree on PCB Research Plan for Hudson Valley

On September 13, 2022, the EPA and General Electric (GE) agreed on a plan to study the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. The deal represents a step forward in plans to understand and evaluate the conditions at the site as well as potential contamination in the Hudson River. It could also serve as a model for other Superfund cleanup efforts.

Regulatory Background

  • The EPA regulates cleanups of hazardous substances through the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The EPA will designate sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) for cleanup under CERCLA. CERCLA authorizes two types of removal and cleanup for sites: (1) short-term removals for releases or threatened releases that require a prompt response, or (2) long-term remedial response actions that significantly lower the severity of release or prevent future threatened releases.

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