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EPA: General Electric Must Revise River Clean Up Plan

Article: EPA: General Electric Must Revise River Clean Up Plan

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 10, 2008 (ENS) – General Electric’s cleanup proposal for PCB contamination of the Housatonic River south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts raises more than 150 concerns, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The river sediment is polluted with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, south of the GE property where the company formerly manufactured electrical equipment…

Filling Wetlands Costly for Vermont Dairy Farmers

Article: Filling Wetlands Costly for Vermont Dairy Farmers

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 8, 2008 (ENS) – Converting 41 acres of wetlands to corn and hay production areas on their Richford, Vermont dairy farm without a permit has cost Mark and Amanda St. Pierre more than $100,000. Under the terms of a legal settlement with the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice, the…

Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

Article: Suffolk Downs Must Reduce Bacterial Waste in Stormwater

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19, 2008 (ENS) – The Suffolk Downs, New England’s preeminent thoroughbred racing venue in East Boston, has been ordered to take immediate action to reduce pollutants being discharged to Sales Creek, a tributary to Boston Harbor. According to the U.S. EPA, Suffolk Downs is violating the federal Clean Water Act due to…

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

Article: Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28, 2008 (ENS) – The Charles River now has the best water quality for boating and swimming since the intensive Clean Charles Initiative began in 1995, federal and state environment officials said Friday. However, there still is growing concern about elevated levels of nutrients from stormwater runoff, especially phosphorus. The U.S. Environmental…

Connecticut Governor Promotes Green Collar Job Training

Article: Connecticut Governor Promotes Green Collar Job Training

MANCHESTER, Connecticut, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Visiting a technical high school, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that a “green collar” job training program she has proposed for the state’s technical schools will prepare Connecticut’s students for future opportunities in environmental and energy conservation careers. “Experts say there is the potential for hundreds…