Feb 3 General Electric Co has understated
or misstated the environmental harm of its chemical dumping into
New York's Hudson River, federal officials alleged on Monday.
The company's recent report to New York state officials
failed to mention harm done to fish, waterfowl and groundwater,
the Federal Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees said in a
letter to the company that the trustees made public.
The trustees said the GE report "ignores significant natural
resource injuries that have already been established by the
GE dumped toxic chemicals, in particular polychlorinated
biphenyls or PCBs, some 150 miles (240 km) north of New York
City for three decades prior to discontinuing their use in 1977.
The U.S. manufacturing conglomerate has spent more than $1
billion to clean it up.
The trustees are assessing the harm caused by the PCBs in
order develop a plan for restoring the natural resources along
the river. A separate federal agency, the Environmental
Protection Agency, is overseeing the cleanup efforts.
In an emailed statement, GE said its report "is a
comprehensive and factual analysis of actual Hudson River data,
including in substantial part the Trustees' own reports."