Remediation of manufactured gas plant impact on Hudson River at Poughkeepsie underway


POUGHKEEPSIE – Most of the work is complete to remove 5,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with coal tar from a former manufactured gas plant on the Poughkeepsie city waterfront.

Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation spokesman John Maserjian said now work has begun to clean up contaminated soil in the river under the Walkway Over the Hudson.

“We are, this week, installing a barrier wall along the shoreline, as an initial protective measure and in the future, we hope to be removing the sentiments from the river bottom itself,” he said. “The project is anticipated to take two to three years.”

Actual river bottom dredging may only take place yearly from September through the end of January so as not to disturb the life cycle of the fish that call the river home.