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A sign nailed to a tree warns people to not eat animals from the Housatonic River
Josh Landes / WAMC

Lee, Massachusetts will hold its annual town meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. at the middle and high school football field. On the docket are a number of articles that directly address the controversial cleanup plan reached in 2020 between General Electric, the Environmental Protection Agency, and communities along the Housatonic River, including Lee. Berkshire Edge reporter Jacob Robbins says the gathering comes at a particularly tense time for the community, with local petitioners pressing the town government to exit the agreement. Robbins spoke with WAMC.

Alyssa Arcaya, acting chief of Drinking Water and Municipal in the infrastructure branch of the EPA.
Screenshot by Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Rockland County legislature and a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a virtual panel Wednesday amid concerns over the level of PFAS contamination in the county’s drinking water.

Two House Reps Introduce PFAS Action Act, Again

Apr 14, 2021
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Two members of Congress from Michigan re-introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to set national drinking water standards for two PFAS chemicals. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne says New Yorkers are watching closely.

View of Lake Champlain
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Vermont is behind schedule on a plan to develop a key pollution permit program to help clean up Lake Champlain.

Courtesy of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a solution to protect residents at a Superfund site in Putnam County, New York.

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts has received a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up dry-cleaning chemicals from underneath a shuttered business. 

NRDC, Others Sue EPA Over Temporary Policy

Apr 20, 2020
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The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s temporary guidance policy that tables enforcement of pollution monitoring because of the coronavirus. EPA, in its policy, says it expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements and to return to compliance as quickly as possible.

EPA Inches Toward PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

Feb 24, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the next step toward setting drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals — PFOA and PFOS. Environmentalists say the step is small and they want to see quicker, bolder action.

Sen. Ed Markey
Josh Landes / WAMC

On Monday, U.S. Senator Ed Markey was in Berkshire County for an Environmental Protection Agency press conference on a new cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The Democrat spoke with WAMC about the plan and the activists who oppose it. Markey also discussed what it was like to see President Donald Trump acquitted on charges of abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial last week.

A man and a boy hold signs in a meeting room
Josh Landes / WAMC

Reaction is mixed today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement to carry out a new cleanup of the polluted Housatonic River.

Environmental advocacy groups are seeking to join a lawsuit several states have filed against the Environmental Protection Agency.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup. Some cities, towns and villages in the two counties are lending their support as well.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that New England has met air quality standards for sulfur dioxide after improvements were seen in parts of New Hampshire.

Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Last week, New York state officials announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. A county executive in the Hudson Valley is joining the effort.

NY Sues EPA Over Hudson River Cleanup Decision

Aug 21, 2019
Hudson River
Elizabeth Hill / WAMC

New York state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. The state threatened the action earlier this year and made it official Wednesday.

EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez in Gloversville, NY June 5.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced funding to study Brownfield sites in Gloversville, New York, in hopes of remediating the areas.

The Environmental Protection Agency logo
The Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it is adding seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List. The only one in the Northeast is a former metals plant in northern Westchester County, New York.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Thursday, and reports that Assange faces a charge related to a U.S. leak in 2010.

The Hudson River
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a “Certification of Completion of the Remedial Action” to General Electric for the company’s cleanup of PCBs in the upper Hudson River.

water droplet
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS chemicals. PFOA and PFOS have contaminated drinking water in such New York communities as Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough, and it’s up to states to take the lead.

EPA Rolls Out PFAS Action Plan

Feb 14, 2019

Earlier today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS, a family of chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS. PFOA and PFOS are toxic substances that have contaminated drinking water in a number of New York communities, including Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

Lake Champlain
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott's clean water funding plan has received preliminary approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup incomplete. The EPA has said it would decide on GE’s request for a Certificate of Completion in early 2019.

1/11/19 Panel

Jan 11, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock; Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, and former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck; Vice President for Editorial Development at New York Press Association Judy Patrick; and Investigative Journalist, Rosemary Armao.

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018

Dec 28, 2018
From left to right: Democrat Antonio Delgado, Republican Congressman John Faso, the Green Party's Steve Greenfield and independent Diane Neal
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A mid-term election year with several key races in the Hudson Valley grabbed a lot of air time, while PCBs and PFOS continued to dominate environmental headlines in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back at some significant stories in her region during the first half of the year.

NYS Study Says GE PCB Cleanup Is Incomplete

Dec 21, 2018

The Hudson River cleanup isn’t done yet. That’s according to the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, which released a study Thursday showing General Electric's cleanup of PCB contamination in the upper Hudson River is incomplete. It’s the latest effort to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from issuing GE a certificate of completion. GE disagrees.

A study commissioned by environmental group Scenic Hudson shows PCBs have re-contaminated dredged areas of the upper Hudson River. A spokesman for the company responsible for the cleanup refutes the study’s results. This comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to deem the PCB cleanup project complete.

11/30/18 Panel

Nov 30, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator and guest lecturer at Bennington College Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Dredging of the Hudson River
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The Dutchess County executive is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to refrain from deeming the upper Hudson River PCB cleanup project complete. General Electric maintains it has done its job.

After rising toxicity rates in Pittsfield, Massachusetts led municipal leaders to ask for answers, a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency is responding.

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