The parties know that this cleanup could be better, but they have balanced the waste reduction improvement, the monetary compensation and expeditious start of cleanup against the risks of continued litigation.
Opponents of the recent settlement between General Electric, the Environmental Protection Agency and five South County towns to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River reveal plans to stop a planned PCB landfill in Lee.
In a letter to the editor, Pooja Prema of Great Barrington, Mass., writes, “I advocate for leaving the river alone until more effective natural remediation technologies are discovered within the next two to 10 years, which could be done in situ (without dredging). This technology most likely already exists”
At this point, obsessed with grayness as I am and as are so many of the people I know, I’ll stick to the weather, daily life, my neighborhood, Mutzl (my dog) and Hermes (my cat) bad politics and delicious food.
The project will revive and expand the historic mill site in downtown Lee into a combination of office space, both market-rate and affordable rental units, a hotel and a “public market” with multiple restaurants and food kiosks.
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.
“The voters sent a strong message to the Town of Lenox that there needs to be balance, fairness and transparency among those who are entrusted to represent taxpayers and residents.” — Lenox architect Jim Harwood
Enrollment at the Montessori School of the Berkshires is on the rise, which, in light of declining school aged population across the county, begs an important question: What about the Montessori philosophy is so appealing?
If voters approve the Great Barrington bylaw, indoor cultivation of marijuana of the sort envisioned in the mills will be permitted by-right in the light industrial zone that covers much of Housatonic.
In the 1960s she and her sister Helen Fillio went to real estate school in Springfield, then opened Tanglewood Realty on the corner of Housatonic and Church Streets in Lenox where they also sold Sheffield Pottery. Together they established the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.