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Fight Over GE's Housatonic Cleanup Heads To EPA Board In DC

A warning sign, that was posted in 2016, by opponents to a proposed toxic waste disposal site in the woods, near the Housatonic River in the village of Housatonic, Massachusetts.
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A warning sign posted by opponents to a proposed toxic waste disposal site in the woods, near the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, Mass.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Appeals Board hears arguments Thursday on the second phase of cleaning up the Housatonic River in Berkshire County.

General Electric polluted it with PCBs decades ago when it operated a factory in Pittsfield.

GE is arguing, among other things, it should be allowed to dispose of PCB-laden soil locally, instead of trucking it out of town, which would cost many millions more.

BERKSHIRE EAGLE: Rest of River cleanup fight heads to DC for hearing on GE appeal

Berkshire Eagle investigative unit editor Larry Parnass is headed to Washington for the hearing. He tells us it's just another chapter in the Housatonic clean-up saga.

New England Public Radio's Adam Frenier contributed to this report.

Carrie Healy hosts the local broadcast of "Morning Edition" at NEPM. She also hosts the station’s weekly government and politics segment “Beacon Hill In 5” for broadcast radio and podcast syndication.
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