Non-surprise of the day: GE’s PCB clean-up makes Hudson River worse

via: greenhellblog

The green-forced “clean-up” by General Electric of PCBs in Hudson River sediments has — to no one’s surprise — backfired.

As predicted by everyone with an ounce of common sense, GE’s dredging stirred up the formerly entombed PCBs. EPA water-test results revealed that PCB levels in the river exceed safety limits.

Chalk up another green disaster, courtesy of:

  • RFK Jr, Planetary Zero. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his activist group Riverkeeper pressured GE to undertake the clean-up. Ironically, Time magazine had declared Kennedy one of its “Heroes of the Planet” for his Hudson River activism.
  • Corporate Neville Chamberlain-ism. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt who, in hopes of appeasing the greens, reversed former CEO Jack Welch’s policy against dredging.
  • Your gooberment at work. The EPA, which in forcing GE to dredge sediments that should have been left alone, failed its eponymous mission — environmental protection.

And now, we’re on the verge of turning over energy policy — via the Waxman-Markey climate bill — to these very same people?

Click here for New York Times coverage.



Filed under Global Warming, greenhellblog

3 responses to “Non-surprise of the day: GE’s PCB clean-up makes Hudson River worse

  1. It was expected. It was a major part of GE’s case to avoid doing the clean-up.

    In court, it was determined that the dangers of leaving the stuff there significantly outweighed the risks of cleaning it up.

    You seem to give credence to a claim that this action is unplanned. It’s not. You seem to think this action is goofing up. It’s not. You seem to think dirty, poisoned water is better than clean water. It’s not.

    Go read GE’s stuff on the cleanup. They have a good reason to relate stories such as the one you’re trying to peddle here. Yet they don’t. If the aggrieved and paying party doesn’t support your case, why should we?

  2. nhiemstra

    It should have been expected. Once you disturb the sediment it was going to discharge the PCBs that had settled and flow downstream. A little foresight would have helped

  3. Of course, that’s contrary to the views of GE, the company involved. Go see what GE says:

    How can you call it a “green disaster” when it’s a cleanup of one of the most treacherous industrial dumpings of the 20th century? If we ignore the acts of the dumping of the chemicals and pretend they got there naturally, it’s a green problem. But don’t blame industrial pollution on those who try to clean it up.

    I suppose you fired your cleaning lady when you found the tub had a ring in it before she got there, eh?

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