GE to Fund Habitat Projects in MA

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ecoRI.org: State and federal environmental recently announced that $1,147,000 will fund 3 Massachusetts land-protection projects, in Egremont, Hinsdale and Great Barrington. Together, these parcels protect habitat for cold-water fisheries, rare bird, amphibian, reptile, plant and fish species, and waterfowl, turkey, deer, woodcock, black bear and ruffed grouse.

Settlement funds secured from General Electric by federal and state officials in 2000 continue to compensate the public for natural resources harmed by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) released into the Housatonic River. The recently awarded $1.147 million will protect 300 acres of wetlands, forests and riverside habitat in the 3 western Massachusetts communities.

Managed for habitat conservation, the Great Barrington property also will be open to the public for passive recreation, while the properties in Hinsdale and Egremont will offer recreational fishing and hunting opportunities.

The settlement, originally filed as a consent decree in 2000, provided more than $15 million to Massachusetts and Connecticut to compensate for natural resource damages caused by the release of PCBs from GE’s Pittsfield plant. PCB pollution impacted aquatic wildlife and habitats. Massachusetts was awarded $7.75 million of the settlement total.

Read more about the GE settlement projects in Hinsdale, Egremont and Great Barrington: