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TREAT PCBS, DON’T DUMP THEM

 WHAT’S AT STAKE

The General Electric Company (GE), in the course of running its business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (MA), polluted the Housatonic River with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Right now GE and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are arguing over how to clean the Rest of the River. GE has leased land in Lenox and Lee and purchased land in Great Barrington’s Village of Housatonic with the intent to dump PCBs dredged from the Housatonic River. According to a 1998 article by V.J. Cogliano of the EPA, “all PCB mixtures can cause cancer.” Children are especially vulnerable. Mimicking human hormones, PCBs cause developmental and neurological deficits. We believe safer solutions exist to mitigate PCB pollution and ask for your support to demand the following:

  1. We ask EPA to order a series of pilot projects to test the most promising bioremediation technologies available. Treatment best protects human health and the environment. It is the safest, most permanent solution to our PCB problem.
  2. We demand that the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of MA (AG), MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), EPA and our federal and state legislators oppose GE’s attempt to dump PCB-contaminated sediment and soils in Berkshire County. Removing PCBs from the river only to landfill them in Berkshire County cannot be considered a cleanup. Landfilled PCB-contaminated sediment and soil will pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment for many decades to come.
  3. We ask EPA to order a far more comprehensive cleanup of the Housatonic River. Rather than demand that GE remove 94,100 pounds of PCBs, EPA is asking GE to only remove 47,000 pounds. Leaving toxic PCBs at higher levels than are safe. The people of Berkshire County, its wildlife and our environment deserve better.

TREAT PCBs, DON'T DUMP THEM

TREAT PCBS, DON'T DUMP THEM

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The General Electric Company (GE), in the course of running its business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (MA), polluted the Housatonic River with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Right now GE and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are arguing over how to clean the Rest of the River. GE has leased land in Lenox and Lee and purchased land in Great Barrington’s Village of Housatonic with the intent to dump PCBs dredged from the Housatonic River. According to a 1998 article by V.J. Cogliano of the EPA, "all PCB mixtures can cause cancer." Children are especially vulnerable. Mimicking human hormones, PCBs cause developmental and neurological deficits. We believe safer solutions exist to mitigate PCB pollution and ask for your support to demand the following:

1. We ask EPA to order a series of pilot projects to test the most promising bioremediation technologies available. Treatment best protects human health and the environment. It is the safest, most permanent solution to our PCB problem.

2. We demand that the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of MA (AG), MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), EPA and our federal and state legislators oppose GE's attempt to dump PCB-contaminated sediment and soils in Berkshire County. Removing PCBs from the river only to landfill them in Berkshire County cannot be considered a cleanup. Landfilled PCB-contaminated sediment and soil will pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment for many decades to come.

3. We ask EPA to order a far more comprehensive cleanup of the Housatonic River. Rather than demand that GE remove 94,100 pounds of PCBs, EPA is asking GE to only remove 47,000 pounds. Leaving toxic PCBs at higher levels than are safe. The people of Berkshire County, its wildlife and our environment deserve better.

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