As the EPA released its final clean up plan, some river advocates say capping toxins, rather than digging them up, may not hold up over time.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric have been at odds over the so-called “Rest of the River” cleanup plan.
General Electric polluted the river with PCB’s decades ago when it ran a factory in Pittsfield
GE polluted the Housatonic River with PCB’s decades ago when it ran a factory in Pittsfield and has already cleaned-up a portion of the river.
In a filing this week, the EPA stands by its plan to clean up a stretch of the Housatonic from Pittsfield to Lenox.
General Electric is battling the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the costly cleanup of the Housatonic in Pittsfield , which GE polluted with PCB’s decades ago. Now, lured by up to $120 million in state incentives, GE is moving its headquarters to the Bay State.
In a filing with the EPA, GE says the so-called “Rest of the River” plan is “not a common-sense solution” and violates the terms of the original agreement between the two parties.
A couple miles of river have already been cleaned up. The EPA’s latest plan covers about 10 miles from Pittsfield to Lenox as well as four dams south of there.
Bringing back native plants is only one step in restoring this part of the Housatonic. Tearing down an unnecessary century-old dam is another.
Six communities from Berkshire County have joined forces against General Electric.