EPA reaches $54 million deal with GE, 5 towns to clean up toxic PCBs from Housatonic River

Lenox Dale resident Sage Radachowsky protests the EPA and General Electric agreement with five local towns. Photo by Ted Remsnyder

LENOX — The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with General Electric that will clean up the Housatonic River while funneling $54.5 million to five Southern Berkshire towns and establish a toxic disposal site on the Lee/Lenox line.

A formal announcement was delivered Monday, Feb. 10 at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, located on the banks of the Housatonic River.

After 18 months of mediated negotiations, the federal government, the utility company and six Berkshire County municipalities reached the deal that will see the most highly contaminated material transported out of state, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Under the deal, however, a disposal location called the Upland Disposal Facility will be constructed on a portion of the Lane Gravel Pit property at the Lee/Lenox line to store lower level contaminated materials.

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