housatonic river http://wamc.org en Pittsfield Joins Rest of the River Cleanup Effort http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-joins-rest-river-cleanup-effort <p>Pittsfield has formally joined five other Massachusetts communities in an effort to seek retribution and cleanup of the Housatonic River contaminated by harmful chemicals.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:45:40 +0000 Jim Levulis 76181 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Joins Rest of the River Cleanup Effort Berkshire Communities Join In PCB Cleanup http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-communities-join-pcb-cleanup <p>Several Berkshire, Massachusetts County communities are banding together, figuring there's strength in numbers when it comes seeking financial compensation from General Electric during the PCB cleanup of the Housatonic River.</p><p>Lenox last week joined Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield to join the effort, and Pittsfield is expected to join Tuesday.</p><p>Nathaniel Karns, executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, tells The Berkshire Eagle that together the communities can hire a law firm to negotiate with GE.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:18:00 +0000 Jaired Crofut 76053 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Communities Join In PCB Cleanup Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root http://wamc.org/post/restoration-bartholomews-cobble-taking-root <p>The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72563 at http://wamc.org Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-complying-epa-mandate-upgrade-wastewater-treatment-plant <p></p><p>The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:47:30 +0000 Lucas Willard 67598 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholders Raise Concerns Over PCB Cleanup In Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/stakeholders-raise-concerns-over-pcb-cleanup-berkshires <p></p><p>Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and the state governments of Connecticut and Massachusetts, recently met with stakeholders to provide updates on the cleanup plan for removing PCB’s from the Housatonic River and Silver Lake in Pittsfield.</p><p></p><p>At an EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council meeting at the Lenox Library Wednesday evening, community stakeholders raised concerns over information presented on a status update of the cleanup project at Silver Lake in Pittsfield.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:13:28 +0000 Lucas Willard 64849 at http://wamc.org Stakeholders Raise Concerns Over PCB Cleanup In Berkshires Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup http://wamc.org/post/company-offers-technology-aid-housatonic-pcb-cleanup <p>As state and federal officials are still working with GE on a plan to clean PCBs from the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, local activists are searching for new technologies to lessen the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>In an event yesterday evening sponsored by local environmental groups and hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, company BioTech Restorations presented new technologies they’ve been developing to remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:24:09 +0000 Lucas Willard 50239 at http://wamc.org Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup Berkshire Communities Hold Together on PCB Cleanup http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-communities-hold-together-pcb-cleanup <p>The leaders of several Berkshire communities are united in their stance to support to remove harmful PCBs from the Housatonic River, while no plan has yet been proposed by General Electric or the EPA on the cleanup of the so-called Rest of River. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:13:17 +0000 Lucas Willard 48783 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Communities Hold Together on PCB Cleanup PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin http://wamc.org/post/pcb-removal-pittsfield-site-begin <p>Beginning next week, General Electric will be begin work on removing PCBs from Pittsfield&rsquo;s Silver Lake. WAMC&rsquo;s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard&hellip;</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:39:22 +0000 Lucas Willard 42600 at http://wamc.org PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin Great Barrington Teens Go Green http://wamc.org/post/great-barrington-teens-go-green-0 <p>Director of the Greenagers program Will Conklin puts it this way&hellip;</p><p>A program of the Berkshires-based Center for Peace Through Culture, Greenagers is a youth program based in environmental stewardship and service to community.</p><p>On Saturday, April 21<sup>st</sup>, Greenagers will begin its season by providing volunteer hours to clean up and pull weeds on the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington. Director Will Conklin&hellip;</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:15:26 +0000 Lucas Willard 36939 at http://wamc.org Great Barrington Teens Go Green Panel Focuses on How PCBs Affect Wildlife http://wamc.org/post/panel-focuses-how-pcbs-affect-wildlife <p><span class="article-content"><span>Hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, a non-profit dedicated towards clearing the Housatonic of PCB&#39;s for the past 20 years, panelists made the case for thorough cleanup along the rest of the river. General Electric and the EPA have already dredged the first two miles of the Housatonic from the GE site through Pittsfield. An EPA plan for the so-called &quot;Rest of River,&quot; six miles of cleanup from Pittsfield to Woods Pond in Lenox, is still being developed.<br /> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:35:42 +0000 Lucas Willard 36310 at http://wamc.org Panel Focuses on How PCBs Affect Wildlife