housatonic river

New England News
6:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

EPA Extends Comment Period For Housatonic Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally extended the public comment period for its cleanup plan of the Housatonic River. General Electric released PCBs into the waterway until the substance was banned in the 1970s.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Berkshires Weigh In On U.S. EPA's Cleanup Plan For Housatonic

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

More than 100 people turned out for a public meeting in Lenox, Massachusetts Wednesday night to hear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to clean the Housatonic River from Pittsfield to the Long Island Sound.

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New England News
9:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Public Meeting Will Detail Housatonic River Cleanup Plan

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

An informational public meeting detailing the U.S. EPA’s proposal to clean the Housatonic River will be held in Lenox tonight.

The 13-year, $613 million Rest of the River plan would involve active corrective measures along 10-and-a half miles of the river from Pittsfield to Lenox.

General Electric would pay for the project as its Pittsfield plant released PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, into the waterway from the 1930s until the substance was banned in 1977.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

EPA Releases Housatonic River Cleanup Plan

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to clean the Housatonic River stretching from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to the Long Island Sound.

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New England News
7:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

U.S. EPA Unveils Housatonic River Cleanup Proposal

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012.
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to clean the Housatonic River stretching from Pittsfield, Massachusetts to the Long Island Sound. The plan proposes the removal and capping of contaminated sediment.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pittsfield's Silver Lake Open For Recreation

Pittsfield's Silver Lake is open to the public for recreation.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield recently recognized the revitalization of Silver Lake.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Brook Flowing Freely For First Time In More Than 80 Years

The site where Gravesleigh Dam was removed and Sackett Brook now flows naturally.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Environmentalists celebrated the removal of a dam on a wildlife sanctuary in Pittsfield on Thursday.

Water is flowing naturally in Sackett Brook for the first time in more than 80 years. In October, a dam and a bridge were removed from the 8.5-mile stream. Tom Lautzenheiser, a scientist with Mass Audubon, oversaw the four-year project.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Pittsfield Joins Rest of the River Cleanup Effort

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi answers questions from city councilors regarding the "Rest of the River" agreement during a nearly three-hour meeting.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield has formally joined five other Massachusetts communities in an effort to seek retribution and cleanup of the Housatonic River contaminated by harmful chemicals.

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WAMC News
8:18 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Berkshire Communities Join In PCB Cleanup

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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.

Lenox last week joined Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield to join the effort, and Pittsfield is expected to join Tuesday.

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.

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New England News
1:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root

One of the floodplain fields being planted next to existing forests along the Housatonic River at Bartholomew's Cobble.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.

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