Housatonic RCRA Site (CT)

State TrusteeState of Conneticut
State TrusteeState of Massachusetts
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

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Incident Type




Case Status



Flows through Connecticut into Long Island Sound


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Anadromous Fish, Recreational Use Loss

Case Description

Since the early 1900s, GE operated a large-scale industrial facility including the manufacturing and servicing of power transformers, defense and aerospace (ordnance) and plastics, and used numerous industrial chemicals at its Pittsfield facility. From 1932 through 1977, General Electric manufactured and serviced electrical transformers containing PCBs. Years of PCB and industrial chemical use, and improper disposal, led to extensive contamination around Pittsfield, MA as well as down the entire length of the Housatonic River. 

The Housatonic River is approximately 150 miles from its headwaters on the East Branch in Hinsdale, MA and flows through Connecticut into Long Island Sound.

Housatonic River in New Milford with protected native meadows behind, Credit: FWS

Housatonic River in New Milford, Credit: FWS

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Factsheet Natural Resource Restoration 01/01/2013


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 01/30/2002


 FONSI Environmental Action Statement and FONSI 06/19/2013
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Final Amendment Restoration Plan 06/01/2013
 Public Participation Plan Public Participation Plan 07/22/2003
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 07/01/2009
 Restoration Plan Restoration Planning Process 04/22/2003


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 10/05/1999


 Powerpoint Presentations Housatonic River Presentation 06/22/2008
 Powerpoint Presentations Housatonic River Presentation 07/27/2002

No publications have been entered for this case.

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Case Contact

New England Ecological Services Field Office

Concord, NH | (603) 223-2541 | http://www.fws.gov/newengland/

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