POLLUTION

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
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The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

For years, the water at one of Massachusetts’ largest prisons — MCI-Norfolk — has been described by prisoners as smelly and looking like black tea.

Massachusetts Department of Correction officials say the water meets state standards for potability. But they acknowledge there’s a problem in at least some of the samples collected from the prison’s well: elevated levels of the mineral manganese, which can cause health problems including a Parkinson’s disease-like neurological disorder.

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, now has three of its wells off-line.

It’s an elevator pitch Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has made a lot. Climate change is real. It’s man-made. And it’s here. But, he thinks the state could do better.

The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

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