GE Distributes Dollars to Influence River Debate
By David Scribner
Illustrations by Honora Toole
Canoe Meadows, in the southeastern corner of Pittsfield, is as richly diverse a river and floodplain ecosystem as there is in the Berkshires. But appearances can be deceptive. For the Housatonic is a poisoned river, polluted by the former General Electric plant a couple miles upstream, where for 45 years the company allowed 1.5 million pounds of PCBs, a probable carcinogen and known growth and hormone disruptor, to seep into the river and collect along its banks and floodplain.
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