This case addresses natural resource injuries that have occurred due to the release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to the Hudson River, primarily from General Electric's Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, New York, manufacturing plants.
Federal and state trustee agencies are studying the effects of the PCB contamination in the Hudson River through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).
After a hazardous substance is released, Trustees determine whether natural resources have been injured. If injuries and restoration options exist, trustees proceed to the next phase.
The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees completed their Preliminary Assessment in 2002 and moved forward with an NRDA investigation.
Injury Assessment/ Restoration Planning
Trustees measure injuries to natural resources, and use that information to determine the best restoration actions.
Injury Assessment: Trustees released the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan in 2002, which was the first step in beginning the injury assessment. This assessment is ongoing.
Restoration Planning: Trustees are developing a plan for restoring the injured natural resources and services. They continue to accept project proposals from the public and look forward to releasing a draft restoration plan for public comment.
Trustees, often working with those responsible for the release and interested citizens, implement restoration plans.
Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees will begin restoration implementation after funds from General Electric are awarded for their NRDA claim.
NRDA restores natural resources with funding from those responsible for the harm- making sure the polluter pays for injuries to public natural resources.
Current Phase and Next Steps
The Hudson River trustees are currently in the Injury Assessment/Restoration Planning phase of the Hudson River damage assessment. This phase can take many years.
Restoration Implementation can begin after GE awards monetary damages to the Trustees.
Learn more about our restoration planning process here.
The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have established a listserv to provide updates on the ongoing natural resource damage assessment and restoration efforts for the Hudson River. The public is invited to join the listserv for periodic updates on this effort.
To join the Hudson-NRDA listserv:
1. Send a message to:
2. Write in the subject:
3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to which you MUST reply within 24 hours.