u.s. may dredge pcb\'s in the hudson
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EPA said today it will consider dredging the PCB, which is contrary to last year\'s decision
Swim the contaminated sediment from the Hudson River, but only after New York state authorities find an acceptable place to bury toxic substances.
The agency also asked the state to conduct further research on the location of PCB materials in the river before the $20 million dredging project was approved.
But the agency said it expects to spend $1.
So-Next 8 million
Known as the super fund project, clean up five areas of the exposed PCB
Contaminated sludge on the banks of the banks near Fort Edward, northern New York, and ensure water supply in WatfordY.
Not contaminated with chemicals.
William D. , head of the agency.
He will consider spending $20 million specifically designated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, reversing the position of his predecessor, Anne McGill Burford.
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Burford, who resigned under pressure earlier this year, told state officials last year that she believed the dredging project was bad for the environment and that under the Clean Water Act there was no funding for the project.
She said she was prepared to spend less than $20 million under the Superfund program set up by Congress to clean up the main sites of hazardous waste.
However, state officials protested that the reduced funding would not be enough and that the program was too cumbersome.
National Commissioner for environmental protection Henry G.
Welcome, Mr. Williams.
Ruckelshaus\'s statement says it \"opens the door\" to complete the long
Seeking dredging works.
He said that the department will \"work actively\" to meet the conditions set by the administrator in the state and he believes that a suitable location can be found to bury the PCB-laden material.
Extend the last weekP. A.
Agreed to sign a consent order in a court case filed by the New York State and the environmental protection organization Alliance.
The decree released $20 million in the Clean Water Act for dredging after this year.
If there is no decree to postpone the expiry date of funds, the $20 million spending authority will end on Friday, the last day of the 1983 federal fiscal year.
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In June, the state filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the agency to use $20 million for dredging.
Over the past six years, the state has been seeking federal funding for dredging works that will clear 30 to 35% of PCB deposits in the Hudson River north of Troy. The PCB\'s -
Two GE companies from Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, about 45 miles north of Albany, were discharged into the river.
In 1976, the United States Congress banned PCB production on the grounds that they were toxic.
The chemical is mainly used as an insulating solution in a transformer, many of which are still present.
Announcement by Sir
Ruckelshaus received a different response from the state delegation of Congress.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat in New York, who wrote the amendment, set aside $20 million to cheer the announcement.
But Gerald B.
Solomon, a Republican at Troy, said he continued to oppose dredging projects in areas where he included contaminated river beds, areas exposed to PCB and proposed cemeteries. Mr.
Solomon argued that the dredging could not be safely disposed of underground.
\"We believe that the encapsulation process will not go through the court,\" said a spokesman for Mr. John CastOS. Solomon.
Chlordane was found in pollution studies near Jersey. 29 (UPI)-
State environmental officials, who are studying the pollution of migrating fish in the coastal waters of New Jersey, said today that they have discovered the accumulation of pesticide chlordane in blue fish.
Chlordane is a commonly used pesticide that is widely used to control insects and is known to cause cancer in experimental animals.
It will be subject to strict federal restrictions in January.
If consumers limit their consumption of blue fish, they will not have health problems, officials said.
A version of this article appears on page B00002, national edition, September 30, 1983, with the title: United StatesS.
It\'s possible to dig mud boats on the Hudson River.