Housatonic River RCRA Site (MA)

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

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Incident Type




Case Status



Housatonic River


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Anadromous Fish, Other, DOI Managed Lands, Marine Mammals, Recreational Use Loss, Threatened and Endangered Species

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.

Credit: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Factsheet Watershed Restoration  


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 01/30/2002


 Environmental Assessment Programmatic Environmental Assessment 05/24/2007
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan Round 1 10/12/2007
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan Round 2 06/14/2011
 Restoration Plan Restoration Project Selection Process 06/30/2005


 Consent Decree Consent Decree-General Electric 10/05/1999

No publications have been entered for this case.

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New England Ecological Services Field Office

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

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