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GE Selects Contractor To Dredge PCBs From Hudson

General Electric Co. has awarded a dredging contract for the Hudson River to the company that did the work during the cleanup's test phase in 2009.

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) -- General Electric Co. has awarded a dredging contract for the Hudson River to the company that did the work during the cleanup's test phase in 2009.

GE announced Wednesday that it has selected Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. LLC, to perform environmental dredging in the upper river beginning in May. The massive cleanup project is expected to take five to seven years.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has said the Fairfield, Conn.-based company must remove more PCB-tainted sediment that originates from old GE plants on the river.

PCBs are potentially cancer-causing chemicals can build up in fish over time, posing a serious risk to those who eat them.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Cashman is based in Quincy, Mass.
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