The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday said more work is needed on the federal project to remove PCB-laden sediment from the Hudson River.

The determination by the DEC puts the state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration at odds with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which has insisted the multi-billion dollar project is coming to close.

“The Hudson River is a national historic treasure and we cannot let the PCB contamination persist any longer,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos. “It’s clear from the state’s ongoing research that EPA’s job is not done and they cannot declare that this remediation is complete. If the federal government fails New York, we will explore all legal options to challenge the EPA’s decision and ensure this river is not left to suffer the consequences of pollution for generations to come.”

Removing PCBs from the river was ordered by the federal government in a landmark 2002 order, decades after General Electric Co. legally discharged the chemical into the river as part of its upstate operations.

State environmental officials in a letter to the EPA released Wednesday outlined what they said were “significant issues” with declaring the project complete, including unfinished remediation goals. The state pointed to data collected by the DEC that shows greater amounts of PCBs in the river than federal officials had initially projected as part of the dredging project.

“Based on all of the existing evidence, it would be wholly inappropriate for EPA to certify this cleanup is complete,” Seggos said. “Until this remedy can be credibly found to be protective of human health and the environment, EPA must do more to reevalute the effectiveness of this remedy and require additional actions to restore the health of this important ecosystem.”

Seggos added the state is calling for an additional federal evaluation of removing additional sediment in order to ensure reductions in fish are met.

The announcement from the DEC dovetails with a letter released earlier in the day by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office to the EPA, which questioned whether the project’s goals had been achieved.

“The law is clear: EPA cannot possibly support a finding that GE’s limited dredging has been sufficient to protect New Yorkers’ public health and the environment,” Schneiderman said. “The EPA must ensure that New York sees the full, timely cleanup and restoration of the Hudson River that has been promised.”

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