- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental groups unhappy with the just-completed Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River continue to press their case with federal officials.

Five environmental groups filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday saying the agency should do more to evaluate the effectiveness of the six-year dredging project overseen by General Electric. The groups contend the PCB contamination along the upper river still lingers in potentially unsafe levels.

EPA officials have described the massive cleanup as a success. And General Electric, which released PCBs into the upper river before 1977, has said it is successfully meeting all of its commitments to the EPA.

The petitioning groups include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Hudson Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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