FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) -- The third season of dredging a contaminated stretch of the upper Hudson River ends this week. The Environmental Protection Agency says more than 1.3 million cubic yards of sediment has been removed since the work began in 2009.
For the 2012 dredging season, about 650,000 cubic yards was dredged from a three-mile section of the river south of the village of Fort Edward, about 40 miles north of Albany. The goal was 350,000.
The EPA says it's almost half way to its goal of removing 2.65 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson.
The sediment is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The suspected carcinogen was released into the river by General Electric Co. before 1977. Future dredging will move southward toward Troy.