- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Six Berkshire County communities are coming together to seek changes in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $613 million plan to clean toxic chemicals from the Housatonic River.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/123zX0h ) reports that the towns in a letter say the EPA’s plan fails to acknowledge the economic and social impact of the 13-year project on Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield.

The towns also say the cleanup permit unveiled by the EPA lacks comprehensive details about some aspects of the project; and there is no specific requirement that GE must maintain “full responsibility in perpetuity” to monitor, control and remove toxins remaining after the cleanup.

The cleanup is needed because GE released polychlorinated biphenyls, a probable cancer-causing agent, into the river from its Pittsfield transformer plant from 1932 until 1977.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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