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Tyer Explains Decision To Join Rest Of River Cleanup Deal

Mayor Linda Tyer holds a "Tyer For Mayor" sign in front of a brick wall
Josh Landes
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WAMC
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer

On Thursday, Pittsfield, Massachusetts held a chaotic public meeting about the controversial new EPA mediated Rest Of River cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The plan has attracted vocal opposition from some county residents, largely in response to the creation of a new toxic waste dump in Lee. For some Pittsfielders at the meeting, the plan stirred up painful feelings of betrayal from the city’s long history of pollution by General Electric. Mayor Linda Tyer spoke with WAMC that night about why she chose to sign on to the agreement.

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