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Great Barrington health officials want the airport to monitor its soil and water for potential lead contamination
While the airport's 2017 water and soil tests did not reveal a problem with lead, health officials want them to monitor it anyway as a condition of the special permit.
The owner of a blighted North Adams property wants time to make things right. Health officials aren't buying it
"From a health standpoint, this is one of the worst structural buildings that we have in the city," the health director says.
An inspection at a Sandisfield nursing home for veterans revealed a filthy kitchen without hot water. The food prep has been shut down
A surprise inspection at a nursing home for veterans in Sandsifield revealed a filthy kitchen with a lack of hot water. The town shut down the food preparation until the issues are addressed.
It's not just the dump — it's the dump trucks. Lee health officials to study health risk of GE's proposed PCB site
What are the health risks from GE's proposed PCB dump? The Lee Board of Health is on the case.
Like many people, Bobbie Orsi had never paid close attention to questions about the health effects of cellphone technology. She mostly viewed it as an issue that had long ago been put to rest. But after becoming the chair of Pittsfield’s Board of Health as the complaints emerged, Orsi, a 66-year-old registered nurse who had spent much of her career in public health, decided to educate herself. She combed through a stack of research studies. She watched webinars. She grilled a dozen scientists and doctors. Over several months, Orsi went from curious, to concerned, to convinced, first, that radio-frequency emissions from Verizon’s 115-foot 4G tower were to blame for the problems in Pittsfield, and second, that growing evidence of harm from cellphones — everything from effects on fertility and fetal development to associations with cancer — has been downplayed in the United States.
Proposed Lee PCB ‘dump’ to be discussed by local health officials. But do they have the power to intervene?
The Tri-Town Boards of Health unanimously approved a motion by Lenox member Dr. John Kearns to plan an educational session on the Upland Disposal Facility — “and then decide where we go from there.”
The hungry Town Hall bats flew, as hoped, out specially installed one-way tubes. Now, the town of Dalton hopes to pay for that flight, and keep a major renovation project alive.
Somewhere in the Berkshires today, a home freshly listed for sale presents enviable curb appeal. In Becket, a sodden A-frame rises through a sea of trash like a boil on the butt of a landfill.
Pittsfield Board of Health requests $84,000 for lawyers' help in pursuing cease-and-desist order against Verizon Wireless' use of South Street cell tower
Attorneys hoping to represent the Pittsfield Board of Health estimate that preparation for a show cause hearing with Verizon would cost $12,000, negotiations with the company would cost another $12,000 and a potential court case would come in around $60,000 in fees.
The Pittsfield Board of Health issued a cease-and-desist order to Verizon. Now it's looking for an attorney to back it up
Members decided last week that the order would include the ability to withdraw everything without prejudice if they were "unable to obtain legal counsel prior to any administrative or judicial proceeding."