EPA: GE River Cleanup Plan Inadequate

Environmental Protection Agency has criticized General Electric's cleanup plan for a stretch of the Housatonic River south of Pittsfield, Mass.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The EPA has criticized General Electric Co.'s cleanup plan for a stretch of the Housatonic River south of Pittsfield.

The EPA's Boston office said Tuesday that GE's plan to clean up PCB contamination does not adequately address effects on the ecosystem and recreational use of the river.

In March, GE submitted a report proposing a 10-year project to dredge a stretch of the river and remove sediment contaminated by its manufacturing plant in Pittsfield.

Connecticut-based GE used PCB -- polychlorinated biphenyl -- at its plant until 1977. PCBs have been linked to a range of health problems, including cancer.

The EPA said GE has 90 days to address more than 150 concerns raised by the agency.

GE spokesman Peter O'Toole said the company was going through the EPA's lengthy review and would work with the agency.

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