Wormuth said that there have been no studies on the effects of even low-level PCB exposure over a long period, and she doesn't want her community to be the place where the EPA finds out about new risks associated with the banned chemical.
"My concern is that this is an eight or 10 year [dredging] project, so what are the cumulative effects?" she said. "I don't want to be the guinea pig for that study."
The standoff with the EPA wasn't helped by the fact municipalities weren't advised of the new agreement with GE directly.
Skopeck said that it was a technical error, and measures are being taken to ensure that future changes are properly communicated.
"From now on, I will make individual phone calls to supervisors," she said. "We want to have open dialogues, not just with supervisors, but with everybody involved in this project."
Halfmoon, Waterford and Stillwater have approached Saratoga County Water Authority officials about the possibility of extending the upcoming county water system to their communities. Usage fees would easily recoup the cost of extending the system, which is expected to come online this summer, said Water Authority Chairman John Lawler.
Since the arrangement with GE is a change to a 2006 consent decree, a public comment period is required before the changes take effect. The EPA will hold a public information and comment session Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Fort Edward Fire Station from 7 to 9 p.m. The project will also be discussed at a meeting of the Hudson River Community Advisory Group on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the William K. Sanford Library in Loudonville, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.""