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Before PCBs are again hauled from the Housatonic River, a legal fight may get a little mopping up of its own.
The Housatonic River Initiative is urging the Lee Board of Health to hold a public hearing and decide if a planned PCB landfill puts the townspeople and river at risk. However, the board's chair says the panel may not have the authority to act.
Lawyers are gearing up for the next — and possibly last — legal fight over the government’s plan to remove toxic pollutants strewn into the Housatonic River decades ago by the General Electric Co.
Two environmental groups came up short Tuesday in their legal efforts to block disposal of toxic sediments in a landfill near the Housatonic River in Lee.
The General Electric Co. can change its structure, but any corporate evolution doesn’t free it from a duty to remove toxins from the Housatonic River.
An attempt to overturn the EPA permit allowing a PCB landfill in Lee goes to a hearing today before the Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. The proceeding is being conducted by videoconference, starting at 1:30 p.m. The Eagle will provide live updates during the hearing.
Thursday afternoon, the country’s top environmental court will hear why the latest plan to pull toxins from the Housatonic River should be scuttled. And why it should go ahead. You can watch.
For the second time in four years, justices with the country’s top environmental court will hear arguments for and against a plan to pull toxins from the Housatonic River.
Opponents of a toxic waste landfill in town are irate that a municipal official seized their lawn signs without warning. The No PCB Dumps: Action Group claims that Lee/Lenox Building Commissioner BJ Church illegally removed at least two dozen of its "No PCB Dump" signs from private property without proper notification.
As opponents of a PCB landfill add flesh to their appeal, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking the court to trust and accept its judgment.