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GE to Start Sampling of PCB-Laden Soil

July 24, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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General Electric Co. will begin sampling PCB-laden soil in the Hudson River as early as next month under an agreement the company reached with federal environmental officials.

But GE has only committed to reimbursing $5 million of the $37 million in past costs the Environmental Protection Agency incurred creating the dredging blueprint. And the EPA has yet to cement a deal with the company on the larger questions of the project's design and the actual cleanup.

The start of the $15-million sampling project in New York sets in motion one of the largest dredging operations in the nation.

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