- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency will answer questions from the public about the effectiveness of a $1.7 billion cleanup of the Hudson River.

The EPA is taking questions Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie during the public comment period for a recently released review of the Superfund project.

The EPA says that based on the data so far, General Electric’s cleanup of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson will protect human health and the environment in the long term.

GE factories discharged PCBs into the river until the mid-1970s.

Many environmentalists and New York elected officials say the cleanup doesn’t go far enough and want more work done.

The EPA will hold a second session July 19 in Saratoga Springs. Public comment will be accepted until Sept. 1.

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