Maloney, Delgado pan EPA decision on Hudson cleanup

Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado both denounced a decision announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency on the removal of toxic PCBs from the river that bisects each of their congressional districts.

The EPA issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” to General Electric, which dumped the chemicals into the Hudson from two of its factories decades ago and spent six years removing PCB-laden muck from the river bottom from 2009 to 2015. State officials and environmental groups argue the work isn’t done, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Letitia James immediately announced the state will sue the EPA to challenge its decision.

“The EPA has failed New York,” Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat, said in a statement. “Their refusal to hold GE accountable is completely unacceptable and a dereliction of duty. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for GE’s subpar cleanup job. GE must continue their work until the Hudson River is safe for humans, wildlife, and continued economic development along the river.”

“The Hudson River is a national treasure, a vital resource for nearby communities, and a driver of our local economy,” Delgado, a Rhinebeck Democrat whose district includes Sullivan and Ulster counties, said in a separate statement. “I support the efforts of New York State to challenge this determination and will continue to fight to ensure that GE is held accountable for a complete clean up of the river.”

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