Town of Halfmoon can supply its own water again

Wormuth said that should dredging begin again in the future, the Town of Halfmoon will continue to utilize Troy's water source.

According to an earlier Spotlight article, Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian said the city's water system has enough excess capacity to service Halfmoon and a few other towns along the Hudson, and expected the city to make a $500,000 to $1 million profit from the deal with Halfmoon. But he said monetary gain is not the goal.

"Dredging has been a contentious issue for some time," said Tutunjian. "I commend any community that steps up to provide drinking water for its residents."

GE dumped PCBs into the Hudson for 30 years, until 1977 when the chemical was banned by the federal government as a likely carcinogen. Under an agreement with the EPA, GE was required to dredge 265,000 cubic yards of river bottom by November, when the Champlain Canal closed.

The entire operation cost GE an estimated $780 million.

Halfmoon and other towns along the Hudson were worried that during the dredging process, PCBs would be kicked up and enter the drinking water before they could be caught.

For more on this story pick up the Thursday, Dec. 10 print version of the Saratoga Spotlight.


Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment