PCBs

Columbia County
6:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The TCI Fire: Two Years After

Credit West Ghent Volunteer Fire Company/Facebook

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the TCI fire in West Ghent in Columbia County, we look back at the disaster and at TCI's plans going forward.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on August 1st, 2012 at TCI of New York on Route 9H in West Ghent. According to Columbia County officials, the building housed mineral oil tanks, tractor trailers containing fuel oil, propane tanks, and other hazardous substances, including sodium that came from transformers disposed of at TCI. The company blamed the inferno on "a third party vendor" that TCI no longer deals with.

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New York News
4:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

GE Settles With Saratoga County Municipalities

Credit Flickr/Andrew Magill

General Electric has reportedly agreed to pay close to $8 million to settle a portion of five-year-old lawsuit brought by Saratoga County municipalities related to the company’s dredging on the Hudson River.

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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
8:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Pittsfield Celebrates Silver Lake Revitalization

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

The city of Pittsfield celebrated the opening of a once dangerously contaminated lake Friday.

Community members, business leaders and state and local officials gathered on the banks of Silver Lake marking the completion of revitalization work that began nearly two years ago.

“It is a symbol of what I think is going to be the next chapter in the city of Pittsfield and a bright future for generations to come,” said Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

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Hudson Valley News
6:43 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

EPA Delivers Update On Hudson River PCB Cleanup Project

Credit ..:::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas:::..

The Hudson River PCB cleanup project is nearly 75 percent complete as the fourth season of dredging comes to a close. An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator delivered a progress report while an environmental group is calling on General Electric to clean up additional PCBs. 

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says the 2013 dredging season comes to a close in a few days, putting the entire project about a year ahead of schedule.

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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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New York News
8:23 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Dredging Crews Back On Hudson River

Dredging the River Lagan, Belfast - 2010/11 (12) (Albert Bridge) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Credit Albert Bridge

Crews are back dredging the upper Hudson River in New York after high water forced a temporary suspension last week.

General Electric Co. says work on the multi-year Superfund project resumed Monday on two areas north of Albany contaminated by PCBs. Heavy rains and high water forced crews off the river late Wednesday.

Crews began a fourth season of the project April 29. They are more than halfway done with the goal of removing 2.65 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson.

GE released PCBs into the river decades ago.

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Hudson Valley News
1:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

GE Agrees to Analyze Risks from Additional Hudson River PCBs

General Electric has agreed to analyze its potential liability in relation to recently-discovered PCBs in the upper Hudson River. GE will soon resume its remediation of PCBs it discharged into the Hudson decades ago, and at least one environmental group hopes the company will incorporate the additional dredging this year.

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New England News
5:24 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup

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

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…

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.

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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin

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

Beginning next week, General Electric will be begin work on removing PCBs from Pittsfield’s Silver Lake. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

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