Panelists, film paint ugly picture of PCBs in river

Alex Prud’homme, author of “The Ripple Effect — The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century,” took part in a May 5 panel discussion in Cornwall about the Housatonic River. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

CORNWALL — The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to make a decision on “Rest of River” this month.

Rest of River is the investigation and decision making process for the cleanup of the Housatonic River downstream from the confluence of its east and west branches at Pittsfield, Mass.

Those who have worked for two decades on promoting cleanup of the river wonder why the project was not a natural extension of PCB cleanup from the abandoned General Electric Company (GE) plant (now a toxic waste site) in Pittsfield.

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