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Pollution of the Hudson River

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Dan Bettigole

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of Pollution of the Hudson River

Pre-Industrial Era
Pollution of the Hudson River
Dan Bettigole, Logan Brown,
Monineath Khun and Tom Flannery

Introduction of PCBs
PCBs in Animals
Clean Water Act of 1972
Hudson Water Dredging Project
Future Problems: Health
Established the rules for discharging pollutants into waters.
Since 2009
Removed 1.3 million cubic yards in total
Continue for three to five more years
1947: GE begins using PCBs

Hudson Falls plant

1.3 million pounds of PCBs
Polychlorinated biphenyls

Insoluble in water, very soluble in fats and oils

Very hard to clean up.

Highly toxic
Picture received from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Picture received from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Investigating the problem of PCBs in the Hudson River
Ways to remove PCBs
Effects on the ecosystem
Worried about future health problems
Photograph by user Sturmovik on Wikipedia
CC BY-SA 3.0
Photograph from NOAA
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