Housatonic River RCRA Site (MA)

State TrusteeState TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Chemical

State

Massachusetts

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Housatonic River

Authority

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Anadromous Fish

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$9,163,689.70

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$9,379,548.36

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$2,232,192.59

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

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


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Factsheet

 Factsheet Watershed Restoration  

Agreement

 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 01/30/2002

Restoration

 Environmental Assessment Programmatic Environmental Assessment 05/24/2007

Settlement

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

Restoration

 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

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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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