EPA releases updated Housatonic River cleanup plan

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an “intended final update” for General Electric’s $613 million chemical cleanup of a stretch of the Housatonic River.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the cleanup includes excavation and capping of 89 percent of the PCBs along a 10.5-mile stretch of the river in Pittsfield and Lenox.

The 13-year plan, issued in consultation with environmental agencies in Massachusetts and Connecticut, updates its original June 2014 proposal.

GE has until Oct. 30 to dispute the EPA’s work order. The company said in a statement it would carefully review the EPA’s decision.

GE discharged PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, into the river from its Pittsfield electrical transformer plant from the 1930s until 1977, when the U.S. government banned the use of the chemical.

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