Wormuth says that those tests won't guarantee the water to be safe since they invariably involve a time delay and no long-term studies have been done about the effects of PCB exposure. If phase two proceeds, dredging could take years.
"We don't feel we should be exposed to one part per trillion more because GE polluted the river," said Wormuth. "We don't feel we should bear an increased burden because of that."
If that lawsuit fails, though, the increased cost of buying Troy water would likely be passed on Halfmoon's 12,000 water customers in the form of rate increases.
The Halfmoon Water Treatment Plant has filters for PCBs already, and the level now in the water is negligible. But the fear is that dredging will stir up the particles, increasing the chance more significant amounts could enter the water.
The affected towns along the Hudson were looking into buying water from the upcoming Saratoga County system in the future, providing the line could be extended from Malta, its planned terminus. Wormuth said while that option remains a future possibility, the town is happy with the agreement with Troy for now.