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he 507 km (315 mile) Hudson
River is steeped in American
history. It guided Henry Hudson
in search of a northwest passage and
served commerce as a transportation
route during the Industrial Revolution.
Industry provided jobs, created commu-
nities, and brought economic growth to
the region.
During a 30 year period ending in1977,
it is estimated that approximately 589,670
kg (1.3million pounds) of PCBs were dis-
charged into the Hudson River from two
General Electric (GE) capacitor manufac-
turing plants located in the towns of Fort
Edward andHudson Falls,NewYork.
In 1984, 200 miles of river, between
Hudson Falls and the Battery inNewYork
City, was placed on U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA) National
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