Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has put forth an initiative to generate 2000 megawatts of wind power by the year 2020. Most of the on-shore turbine sites are located in the Berkshires. State officials hosted a forum at Berkshire Community College Wednesday to hear from residents about how to move forward.
Berkshire County – In 1979, the EPA banned the use of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (bi-fenn-uls), or PCB's, as a result of their devastating effects on the environment and the human body. Thirty years later, researchers are still discovering the harmful repercussions of the one-time super fluid. General Electric's Pittsfield plant was the primary source of PCB contamination in the Housatonic River. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on PCB's in the Housatonic, then and now .
Bennington, Vt – Vermont's Congressman Peter Welch hosted a discussion in Bennington today to see how well small businesses in the area are doing, and to hear recommendations for the Small Business Administration. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Pittsfield, MA – A Boston based immigrant advocacy group visited Pittsfield Thursday to create a ground swell of support for national immigration reform. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Pittsfield, MA – The city of Pittsfield's Third Thursday festivals have helped to revitalize the downtown area by bringing 3 to 4 thousand people out every month. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the most recent event
Massachusetts – Four wood-burning biomass plants are slated for development in Western Massachusetts. Environmental groups are trying to block development saying the plants are inefficient and destructive to the state's forest lands. WAMC's Charlie Deitz reports
Massachusetts – Massachusetts has landed another cash injection from the federal stimulus program. This time over 185 million dollars for water treatment projects. WAMC s Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report