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EPA Calms City Council's Concerns Over Hill 78, Building 71

The nerves of some city councilors were put at ease Tuesday after a review of the latest monitoring tests at Hill 78 and Building 71. The council raised a stink in October over the toxic waste sites near Allendale School after reviewing the spring data which revealed two wells tested above benchmarks. The council called for increased monitoring and communication with the council.

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Residents Unhappy With Mediation For GE River Cleanup

Why is this even being negotiated? That's what many of the residents along the Rest of the River corridor rhetorically asked Monday night in regards to the cleanup of PCBs in the Housatonic River.

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Pittsfield Approves $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

Begrudgingly, the City Council approved a $74 million upgrade to the wastewater system, which is estimated to more than double sewer bills within the next three years. The city has been under an administrative order form the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of phosphorous and aluminum in the water coming out of the plant. The project proposed by the consultants, Kleinfelder, also called for a nitrogen optimization process as well.

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State, Federal Officials to Showcase Housatonic River Projects

The open house will also include a discussion of the anticipated fourth and final round of funding for restoration projects to compensate for natural resources that were injured or lost as a result of the release of hazardous materials from the General Electric facility in Pittsfield into the Massachusetts portion of the Housatonic River watershed.

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Pittsfield Votes Down $74 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The City Council rejected a $74 million capital request to renovate the wastewater treatment center in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Shortly before 12:30 a.m. the request from Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow for upgrades to the plant fell one vote short of the supermajority needed. Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Donna Todd Rivers all voted down the project.

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Mass Delegation Calls on Pruitt to Uphold Rest of the River Plan

The region's congressional delegation is pushing Environment Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to uphold the EPA's 2016 order that contaminated material in the Housatonic River be "shipped off-site to existing licensed facilities for disposal."

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