pcb cleanup

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Arguing "it's now or never for the Hudson River and communities up and down its shores," activists gathered along the riverbank in Green Island today to urge General Electric to meet responsibilities beyond the current EPA-mandated PCB cleanup.

GE is slated to complete an EPA-ordered cleanup as early as this summer, one environmentalists say will leave behind millions of pounds of health-threatening PCB-contaminated sediments both north and south of the Federal Dam in Troy.

EPA

General Electric and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement to study and develop a cleanup plan for the shorelines along the upper Hudson River, where GE has been dredging to remove contaminants for the past five years.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

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.

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.

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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….