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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.
Four Lee residents want a court to decide whether civic leaders exceeded their authority when they agreed to allow an old quarry to house toxic chemicals without bringing the issue to residents.
Five South County towns have been cleared of complaints that their officials violated the state’s open meeting law by discussing the current Housatonic River PCB cleanup plan in private sessions a year ago.
But, two towns, Sheffield and Stockbridge, were found by the Attorney General’s Office to have failed to provide adequate notice about the purpose of allowable executive sessions. And Lenox and Sheffield were ordered to make public the minutes of those meetings.