Environmental groups are divided on the proposal.
As the EPA released its final clean up plan, some river advocates say capping toxins, rather than digging them up, may not hold up over time.
A broken Toxic Substances Control Act has been overhauled. In the updated law, the EPA now has the power to reviews thousands of chemicals used in products and in the workplace. States, which have for years been making their own regulations, may no longer have the final say on safety.
A couple miles of river have already been cleaned up. The EPA’s latest plan covers about 10 miles from Pittsfield to Lenox as well as four dams south of there.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given people until this Monday to comment on a $613 million plan to finish a toxic waste clean up of the Housatonic River.
The EPA is waiting on a response from General Electric, which released the toxic chemicals into the river between the 1930’s and 1970’s.