Long-Delayed Dredging of Hudson to Begin Friday

After decades of arguments, negotiations, and delays, dredging for PCBs in the Hudson River will start Friday. The federal Environmental Protection Agency says dredging will start on a stretch of river 45 miles north of Albany in Fort Edward.

The agency called for dredging in 2002. General Electric discharged PCBs into the Hudson before the substance was banned in 1977. GE has agreed to clean up 265,000 cubic yards of river bottom this year. Results will be studied before a second stage begins.