GE should be forced to spend $22B on Hudson River cleanup, report says

General Electric should be forced to shell out as much as $22.1 billion to clean up the Hudson River and pay communities for the contamination there, according to a new report by environmental nonprofit Scenic Hudson.

The report is the latest development in a multidecade saga over GE dumping an estimated 1.3 million pounds of toxic PCBs into the river between 1947 and 1977—contaminating the waterway, which runs from Washington County down to Upper New York Bay. As a result, the 200-mile stretch of the Hudson is one of the largest federal Superfund sites in the country.

GE has dredged part of the river for PCBs—which are known to

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