A dredging barge moves up the Hudson River in Fort Edward in October 2009 during the project to clean up PCBs in the river. A state official says the federal government is poised to determine that GE met its goal of cleaning the river despite ongoing opposition.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will make an announcement related to the Hudson River Superfund cleanup Thursday during a teleconference to reporters.

EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez is expected to make the announcement.

The media advisory emailed Wednesday afternoon comes just days after Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said he’s been in contact with the EPA.

Speaking with the editorial board of the Albany Times Union, Seggos said there was a potential finding that the General Electric Co., which dumped PCBs in the Hudson over a number of years, could be issued a “certificate of completion” for the cleanup.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has since threatened litigation against the EPA should the agency issue the certificate.

State officials and some environmental groups feel that PCB levels continue to be detected at high levels in fish and in sediment and would like to see more cleanup.

GE has said its data show the levels are declining.

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