July 24, 2002 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. * 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.
July 8, 2007 |
A helicopter on a sightseeing tour of Manhattan made an emergency landing in the Hudson River, leaving all eight people aboard drenched but not seriously harmed, authorities said. As smoke poured from the aircraft, seven passengers and a pilot were pulled from the waters between Manhattan and New Jersey by two volunteer vessels. It was unclear why the helicopter had to land in the river. The pilot deployed yellow emergency floats and made a controlled landing, authorities said.
January 3, 2000 |
An international center should be created on the Hudson River to conduct research that would be applicable to rivers and estuaries around the world, New York Gov. George Pataki said in Albany. Pataki said he will urge legislators to authorize the formation of an institute for studying fish, plant life, pollution, water quality, currents and other aspects of rivers. Pataki will ask the state Legislature to appropriate $1 million in 2000 to get the project started.
December 6, 2000 |
The federal Environmental Protection Agency will recommend a $460-million "targeted dredging" of PCB-contaminated pockets of the upper Hudson River, one of the largest dredging operations ever undertaken in the U.S., agency officials said Tuesday. The EPA will recommend the removal of 2.65 million cubic yards of sediment from PCB "hot spots" along a 40-mile stretch of the river north of Albany. If approved, it would take about five years and could begin as early as 2003.
August 1, 2001 |
The Environmental Protection Agency has endorsed a Clinton administration proposal to dredge PCBs from the Hudson River but said it would implement the plan in stages, a New York congressman said Tuesday. The sweeping $460-million plan, one of the largest dredging operations ever, is opposed by General Electric Co., which would have to foot most of the bill for the cleanup. GE discharged 1.
July 22, 1990 |
John Cronin uses the same tools against polluters that his medieval forebears used against poachers: vigilance and cunning. But the Hudson River's modern-day riverkeeper also wields two more weapons: outrage and lawsuits. The Hudson, he says, is "supposed to be ours. . . . And I'm not going to be a chump for GE, Exxon or the City of New York, who think they can take it away from me, my children or any kid on the street who wants to go to the river with a fishing pole."
October 1, 2001 |
Standing at the water's edge, Richard Fuller gestures toward the gentle sweep of the Hudson River as it glides past this upstate New York hamlet. And he shudders. For Fuller is afraid of this river--and the graveyard of man-made toxins that lies beneath. "What scares me are the things . . . you can't see but which can still make you very ill," he says. "It may look beautiful on the surface, but this is a sick, sick river."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001
Re "A Modern Sense of the Sacred," May 22: As a Catholic living in Los Angeles for 40 years, I don't object to having a new, modern cathedral. I don't object to the current $163-million price tag, no matter what the final cost and even though the cost estimate started under $50 million. (Could a realistic and honest estimate be that far off?) What I do object to is the location. I don't believe there is much of an existing worshiping congregation around the location. As for ministering more to the business community, over a 30-year period I worked in a number of downtown locations; the location of the cathedral is "Siberia" to most of downtown.