Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 Republican opponent is backing the state’s stated plan to sue the Environmental Protection Agency after federal regulators announced General Electric had satisfied the terms of a cleanup order for the Hudson River.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in a statement on Thursday blasted the EPA’s announcement that GE’s cleanup of the river was complete, accusing the agency of having “failed in its obligation to the people and communities of the Hudson River Valley.”

“I support the steps announced today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Governor Cuomo,” Molinaro said in the statement. “We will settle for no less than a clean bill of health for our beloved river and we will hold the EPA to no less.”

Molinaro ran for governor in 2018 as Cuomo secured a third term.

Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced earlier in the day New York would file a legal challenge to the decision by the EPA to end the cleanup project, which was meant to removed PCB-laden waste from the river based on a 2002 record of decision.

The project cleaned up a portion of the river north of Albany from Schuylerville to Troy.