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EPA releases Phase 1 dredging evaluation report addendum for public comment

New Publications // May 3, 2010

An addendum to EPAís Phase 1 Evaluation Report on the Hudson River dredging project has been posted at:


where the report itself has also been posted since its publication in early March.†

The addendum addresses, among other things, the acceptable dredging-related loss of PCBs to the Lower Hudson River.

GEís report can be found at http://www.hudsondredging.com.

The Agency encourages the public to submit comments on the addendum until May 13 at a designated Web site, http://www.hudsondredgingdata.com.

The public can comment from any computer with Internet access, including computers at the Agencyís Hudson River Field Office in Fort Edward, at libraries, or at the information repositories established for the site.

The web site allows members of the public to print copies of their comments and receive a confirmation that their comments have been received.

In addition, written comments can be mailed to the Hudson River Field Office at 421 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, New York, 12839.

The addendum has been provided to the Peer Review panel members for their consideration. During the Peer Review, the panel members are considering certain questions relating to the engineering performance standards and the monitoring program for Phase 2 of the project. They will then submit their individual views on the questions; these views will be compiled into a report, which is expected to be complete by the end of July.

The second meeting of the Hudson River Peer Review Panel will be held May 4, 5 and 6. The focus of this meeting is for the Peer Review Panel members to publicly discuss and consider their individual responses to the charge questions that have been presented to the panel. Evaluation Reports prepared by US EPA and General Electric†(GE) will be reviewed with respect to the Engineering Performance Standards
(resuspension of PCB's, residual contamination, and production rate).

More information on the project's Engineering Performance Standards can be found at this link: http://www.epa.gov/hudson/eng_perf_stand.htm.

The public will be given an opportunity to make brief comments regarding the information presented at the Peer Review Panel meeting at the end of the day on Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5. Public comments will be received in the order in which individuals preregister each day of the meeting.

When and Where:

Tuesday, May 4 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 5 (8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Thursday, May 6 (8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

Queensbury Hotel, Adirondack Room
88 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

Information about the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site can be found at:

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Kristen Skopeck at 518-747-4389, skopeck.kristen@epa.gov, or the projectís hotline number at 1-888-596-3655.

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