Community Advisory Group (CAG)

Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site


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The CAG for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site is designed to:

  • Promote broad, balanced representation of communities and stakeholders along the entire site, in this case the Hudson River;
  • Encourage more routine and consistent communications and coordination between EPA and the community;
  • Solicit ongoing recommendations about ways to enhance community involvement;
  • Provide an avenue for the community to voice its needs and concerns;
  • Provide for a consistent source of dialogue for EPA to gauge interests and needs.

photo: Hudson RiverThe Hudson River CAG represents interests that were identified in EPA’s April 2003 Draft Community Involvement Plan for the site. CAG members were selected by nominating organizations independently of EPA. The Hudson River PCBs Site CAG held its first official meeting in January 2004.

EPA provides organizational and informational support to the CAG, and provides financial support through the hiring of an independent, neutral facilitator. CAG meetings are generally held the 4th Thursday of each month. All general meetings of the CAG are open to the public and CAG meeting notices are publicized in advance. Every member of the community has the opportunity to become involved and express an opinion about the project and its elements at any time and does not have to rely on the CAG to convey that message.

Site Background

For 30 years ending in the late 1970s, the General Electric Company (GE) discharged as much as 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River from its capacitor manufacturing plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, New York. The PCBs remain in the river sediment. After many years of study, 40 miles of the Upper Hudson is now slated for an environmental cleanup.

The Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site encompasses a nearly 200-mile stretch of the Hudson River in eastern New York State from Hudson Falls, New York to the Battery in New York City and includes communities in fourteen New York counties and two counties in New Jersey. The site is divided into the Upper Hudson River, which runs from Hudson Falls to the Federal Dam at Troy (a distance of approximately 40 miles), and the Lower Hudson River, which runs from the Federal Dam at Troy to the southern tip of Manhattan at the Battery in New York City.

What is a CAG?

Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) are a community initiative and responsibility. CAGs are intended to provide a forum through which a broad and diverse sample of community needs and interests are represented.

The purpose of the CAG is to provide a way for members of communities and stakeholders to present and discuss their needs and concerns related to the site design and cleanup decision-making process. It offers EPA an opportunity to hear and consider community input on the design and impacts of the selected remedy.

While not a required community involvement activity, the presence of a CAG at a Superfund site can greatly enhance the community involvement process. Not only does it serve as a forum for the regular exchange of information between members of the community and EPA, an active CAG can help improve communication between community members.

CAG Resources

EPA's Hudson River Website

EPA's Community Involvement Plan

General CAG Information

GE's Hudson River Website

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