- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - General Electric Co. expects dredging of the upper Hudson River to be complete in 2015.

The Fairfield, Conn.-based company says Thursday it intends to begin a fifth season of dredging for PCBs under the federal Superfund project in May, weather permitting. That would leave one more season of dredging in 2015 and an additional year of habitat planting and reconstruction.

GE agreed with the Environmental Protection Agency to remove PCBs from a 40-mile stretch of river at a cost regulators estimate will be about $2 billion. Until 1977, GE discharged into the river about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs, which were used as coolants in electrical equipment.

GE says it will have to build a shoreline support area to dredge a stretch of river that cannot be reached by boat.