EPA Official: River cleanup legal dispute could take 2 years

The EPA's response to GE's rejection of its proposal is due Monday.

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency official says a legal battle between the agency and General Electric over a western Massachusetts river cleanup proposal could take years to resolve if it goes to federal court.

The EPA had proposed cleaning PCBs from more than 400 acres along a 10.5-mile stretch of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield and Lenox. It includes dredging and trucking contaminated soil and sediment to an out-of-state facility.

GE said in a letter to EPA officials released last month that the plan isn’t a “common-sense solution.”

The Berkshire Eagle reports EPA local project manager Dean Tagliaferro said Wednesday the legal dispute over how much polychlorinated biphenyl must be removed and other issues could take at least two to three more years.

The EPA’s response to GE’s rejection of its proposal is due Monday.

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