Housatonic River Mediation Public Update

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December 3, 2018 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lenox Memorial Middle & High School, 197 East St. Lenox, MA  This meeting will be an opportunity for the public to receive an update on the mediation process and status. Members of the public will also be given the opportunity to inform EPA on what is most important to them and what would be an ideal cleanup, and to voice any concerns or questions on this process and status. History – The General Electric Company (GE) polluted the Housatonic River and many locations throughout the Berkshires, but especially in Pittsfield, with PCBs before they were outlawed in the 1970s. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required GE to remediate many locations including the first two miles of the Housatonic River in Pittsfield adjacent to and downstream of the old GE site. Now the EPA has proposed how GE should be required to remediate the “Rest of the River” from where they left off downstream to Long Island Sound.  EPA is now required to explain why out-of-state is the best option. In the mean time, EPA is trying to find other possible solutions through a mediation process with GE, EPA, and the parties who appealed or were involved with the Environmental Appeals Board legal process.This mediation process is mostly behind closed doors and only open to those selected participants, but this meeting is specifically FOR THE PUBLIC! So please come and let EPA know what YOU want in a cleanup. Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) pushed hard to have a public participation part to this mediation process, so please come and show that you want to have a voice in this decision.