Site Description

Student Name: Neil Maher
Project Site: General Electric plant, Hudson Falls, New York.

Between 1947 and 1977, General Electric (GE) dumped an estimated 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River. The source of the PCB discharges was two GE capacitor manufacturing plants located in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, New York, about 50 miles north of Albany. GE’s PCBs are now found in sediment, water and wildlife throughout the Hudson River ecosystem as far south as the New York Harbor. They are also found in people.

This project will examine this history, and trace how the pollution from the GE plants affected communities along the Hudson River differently depending on not only the location of the community but also the demographics of the citizens living in the community.