GE announced in December that it would perform the second and final stage of the Hudson dredging project over the next five to seven years. The work is scheduled to resume in the Upper Hudson River near Fort Edward, N.Y., in May.
“We engaged in intensive and constructive discussions with EPA, and the Agency’s decision reflects our discussions and many of our proposals,” said Ann R. Klee, GE’s Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programs.
GE has designed the project to comply with EPA’s Record of Decision for the Hudson River project and with the comprehensive agreement that GE and EPA signed in October.
To ensure local suppliers, vendors and businesses that are interested in providing services are identified, GE has launched an online marketplace — at www.hudsonworks.net — where they can learn more about the project and provide information about their businesses.
The agreement provides a comprehensive framework for the dredging project, which will be done in two phases with an independent peer review evaluating the project after the first phase. After peer review, modifications EPA believes are appropriate for the second phase of dredging will be made. GE will perform and pay for the first phase of the dredging project. GE’s decision to perform the second phase of the dredging project will be made after peer review of the first phase is completed.
“This agreement is the next step in moving forward with implementation of EPA’s decision to dredge the Hudson River,” said Stephen D. Ramsey, GE’s vice president of Corporate Environmental Programs.