GE may appeal decision upholding Housatonic River cleanup plan

Company required to clear PCBs from the river

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The Housatonic River in Lee is seen here in a 22News file image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — General Electric says it’s “disappointed” by a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan that requires the company to clean chemicals from a western Massachusetts river.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that General Electric issued a statement Wednesday indicating that it may appeal Tuesday’s decision upholding the $613 million proposal. It would have a 30-day window after the EPA issues its final cleanup permit.

The EPA proposes cleaning PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, from more than 400 acres along a 10.5-mile stretch of the Housatonic (hoos-uh-TAH’-nihk) River in Pittsfield and Lenox. It includes dredging and trucking contaminated soil and sediment to an out-of-state facility.

The decision by the EPA’s Boston office says GE’s argument that the removal requirements are “arbitrary” and “unlawful” fails to present sufficient information to dispute the agency’s plan.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle,


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