This project involves the assessment and cleanup of PCBs throughout the Housatonic River from Massachusetts to Connecticut.

Housatonic River Cleanup

Pittsfield, MA

Environmental Stewardship Concepts serves as technical advisor for this site, which is downriver from a General Electric plant that polluted the Housatonic River with PCBs for many years. The full extent of the contamination covers portions of the river spanning from Pittsfield, MA to the Long Island Sound.

The cleanup was carried out under RCRA consent decree. While the majority of contamination was PCB related, other problematic chemicals have also been found to be present. This site poses direct and indirect risks to both human and ecological health.

2016 Update
The EPA released the Intended Final Decision on the cleanup plan to address PCB contamination in the “Rest of River” portion of the site in late 2015. This plan updated the EPA’s original Proposed Plan unveiled in June 2014.

September 18th, 2013-morning on the Housatonic River


To learn more about the Housatonic River Initiative, click here…

Read this articlefor a recap of the Public Charrette conversation

Click here to view the Potential Remediation Approaches to the GE-Pittsfield­ Housatonic River Site “Rest of River” PCB Contamination document.

ESC Documents

Peter’s comments presented at the 11/18/2015 CCC meeting

ESC’s 11/18/2015 handout on the Rest-of-River Remedial Plan

ESC’s 11/18/2015 presentation on the Rest-of-River Remedial Plan

Results of an ESC, LLC literature search regarding Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) research from 2002 to present (2013), with specific attention to toxicological impacts on living organisms.

Peter’s 9/17/13 presentation on the options of leaving contaminants vs full removal
Biotech Restoration Presentation and offer-also at 9/17/2013 Community meeting

ESC presentation on Housatonic River Human Health Risk Assessment

Peter’s April 5 2012 presentation on PCBs

Peter’s March 24th 2010 PCB 101/102 presentation

ESC’s comments on the Housatonic River Corrective Measures Study Report, a document created by GE outlining the possible options to clean-up PCB pollution