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NY enviro groups to discuss Hudson PCB dredging

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Two months after the end of the third season of dredging PCBs from the upper Hudson River, environmental advocates are gathering downriver to discuss General Electric Co.'s $1 billion project.

The public forum is being held Wednesday afternoon at the Marist College boathouse on the Hudson at Poughkeepsie. The gathering is being sponsored by the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson.

GE's third season of dredging a contaminated 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson ended in mid-November.

The river's sediment is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The suspected carcinogen was released into the river by GE plants in Hudson Falls and neighboring Fort Edward before 1977.

Future dredging will move southward toward Troy.