Microbeads – the tiny, abrasive plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – have been banned in Albany County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a plan to dismantle and decontaminate a processing facility that was built to support PCB dredging efforts in the upper Hudson. While many officials from surrounding communities have called for additional dredging, others would like to see things wrapped up sooner.  

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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.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes to remove an Orange County site from the Superfund list.

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

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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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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.

Restoration of Bartholomew's Cobble Taking Root

Aug 30, 2013
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The final steps in the active restoration of a floodplain in southern Berkshire County are taking root.