Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

EPA to host informational meeting on progress of PCB cleanup of Housatonic River

GE has also challenged the EPA's order to dispose of the contaminated sediment at an out-of-state facility, insisting it wants to establish dumps for the material dredged from the river in Lenox Dale, near Goose Pond in Lee and on land adjacent to Rising Pond, an impoundment on the river in the village of Housatonic.

Business Briefs: CDCSB purchases new property; water quality grant for BEAT; BCC’s One Stop Student Success Center; Salisbury Bank promotes Jordan; Bielski joins Berkshire...

Berkshire Environmental Action Team has received a $35,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust that will enable BEAT to continue its work surveying and sampling stormwater outfalls in Berkshire County.

EPA initiates second round of mediation on Housatonic River cleanup

Berkshire County residents have been vehemently and consistently opposed to dumping PCB waste in any of the three locations that GE has proposed – Woods Pond, Rising Pond, and Lenox Dale. EPA’s final permit required GE to transport all PCB waste off-site to a licensed PCB disposal facility.

Local March for Science attracts 100; participants urged to take action

It's clear that the Trump administration's actions, including the weakening of the Environmental Protection Agency, are the animating force behind some of the demonstrators, whose signs proclaim opposition to "alternative facts."

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber is scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College, and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment.

State looked the other way as chainsaws make way for pipeline in protected forest

So where were the Massachusetts officials who could have negotiated with Connecticut to save Otis State Forest because the gas wasn’t really needed after all?

GE still plans to dump PCBs in the Berkshires, environmentalists warn

GE has formally objected to EPA’s final cleanup remedy, challenging the agency’s directive to transport and dispose of the PCB waste to an off-site facility.

FERC asked to revoke permit for pipeline through Otis State Forest

Congressman Richard Neal has demanded that decisions made by FERC regarding the Connecticut Expansion Project be deferred until a quorum of FERC commissioners is reached and all vacant FERC commissioner seats are filled: “It is my belief that the rehearing [on the permit] should occur before a single tree is cleared and construction on this project commences.”

Opposition mounts to GE’s insistence on Berkshire PCB dumps

Although EPA’s final remedy requires the General Electric Company to transport and dispose of PCB waste in a federally approved landfill, the company is fighting tooth and nail to dispose of contaminated waste locally.

Appeals court delays Otis State Forest pipeline project

On March 15, the Court held that the Natural Gas Act does not allow pipeline companies to leapfrog over state administrative procedures in order to expedite their projects. This is the first time a federal Circuit Court has interpreted the relevant language in the Natural Gas Act.

Legal loose ends, market forces might yet rescue Otis State Forest

Depressed consumer demand for natural gas in Connecticut, could yet save beleaguered Article 97 of the Massachusetts’ Constitution. Reduced demand for gas in Connecticut could allow Massachusetts to continue to protect pristine, specially designated Commonwealth terrain.

Clean Water Canoe campaign at Pittsfield, onward to Boston and General Electric

“Instead of pouring money into attorneys that fight the Environmental Protection Agency, pour it into cleaning the river.” -- Berkshire Natural Resources’ letter to General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt

EDGE WISE: Eco-cinema and environmental awareness

I can understand that food waste is a problem, and look at a statistic and tell you that it is terrible, but once I am confronted with images of the sheer magnitude of piles of wasted food and the story of people who tried to make a difference, that is when I have to take a look in the mirror and really consider taking action.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.