3 public hearings set on Rest of River cleanup plan

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LENOX — Details of the Rest of River settlement agreement regarding the removal of PCB contamination will be presented at three public meetings in coming weeks. 

The Environmental Protection Agency will join with the Housatonic Rest of River Municipal Committee for two of them, and with Pittsfield officials for a third. 

The agreement covers work from southeast Pittsfield downstream through Lenox and Lee and beyond into Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield.

Meeting details:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Lee High School, 300 Greylock St., Lee.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m., in the Monument Mountain Regional High School auditorium, 600 Stockbridge Road (Route 7), Great Barrington.
  • Thursday, March 5, Herberg Middle School auditorium, 501 Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield.

The format of the meetings will include a one-hour presentation of the details, followed by at least an hour of public comment. Speakers will be limited to three minutes. Written questions can be submitted by members of the audience.

At least two of the meetings will be moderated by retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis “Fran” X. Spina, who grew up in Pittsfield. A graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School, he served as a public defender, assistant district attorney, assistant city solicitor and private practice attorney.

— Clarence Fanto


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