Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
The General Electric (GE) -Housatonic River site is located in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, extending along the river from the GE facility in Pittsfield to Woods Pond in Len ox. The site consists of waste sources at the GE facility in Pit tsfield, other areas in Pittsfield where POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (PCB) wastes from the GE facility have been disposed, and soils contaminated by the migration of GE wastes via the Housatonic Riv er. The site has been evaluated based on six waste source areas: 11 former oxbows of the Housatonic River that have been filled w ith soils containing GE wastes, a PCB spill at GE Building 68, ap proximately 8 miles of PCB-contaminated floodplain soils, two lan dfills, and areas of contaminated soils along East Street and at Allendale School. The presence of PCB contamination in river sed iments, soils, and groundwater has been documented through a seri es of investigations conducted by GE, the Massachusetts Departmen t of Environmental Protection (MA DEP), and the U.S. Environmenta l Protection Agency (EPA) spanning two decades. More...