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EPA Cleanups: GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site

Closed Public Comment Periods

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Until April 16, 2012, the public may comment on a proposed amendment to an existing Prospective Purchaser Agreement with the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA). This amendment would allow PEDA to acquire certain shoreline parcels at Silver Lake so that a walking path and associated plantings can be constructed on non-private property. In exchange for certain liability protection, PEDA would have to impose institutional controls and protect the natural resource plantings around the walkway. Comments should be sent to John Kilborn, Senior Enforcement Counsel, EPA, at Kilborn.John@epa.gov or John W. Kilborn, Senior Enforcement Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, 5 Post Office Square (Mail Code OES4–3), Boston, MA 02109.  See the Federal Register notice for further instructions on how to provide comments.

Notice of Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement Amendment Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (PDF) (2 pp, 206 K)

First Amendment of Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue: Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PDF) (16 pp, 2.4 MB)


Second extension to the Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Revised Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report for the Housatonic River Site, Rest of River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a second extension to the Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Revised Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Report for the Housatonic River Site, Rest of River.

EPA will accept informal public input through Monday, January 31, 2011. 

GE's Revised CMS is available on the EPA website and is located in the Rest of River section under GE Reports/Corrective Measures Study. The direct link is:
http://www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/restofriver-reports.html#CMS

The CMS includes GE's recommendations on which alternatives the company believes best meet the objectives and criteria specified for the Rest of River project.   This recommendation from GE does not reflect EPA's views on the alternative that best meets the criteria in the permit.

EPA is reviewing GE's Revised CMS as well as GE's previous CMS submitted in March of 2008.  EPA is now accepting comments from all interested organizations and individuals.   After conducting its review and analyses, EPA will propose a cleanup plan for the Rest of River for public comment.

Comments may be submitted
by mail to:
Susan Svirsky, EPA Rest of River Project Manager 
c/o Weston Solutions
10 Lyman Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

by e-mail to:
Susan Svirsky (svirsky.susan@epa.gov)   cc:  Linda Palmieri (Linda.Palmieri@WestonSolutions.com)


 

Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Work Plan for Evaluation of Additional Remedial Alternatives for the Rest of River portion of the Housatonic River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing an extension until Friday, October 23, 2009 for the Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Work Plan for Evaluation of Additional Remedial Alternatives for the Rest of River portion of the Housatonic River. The Work Plan was submitted as an addendum to GE's Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Proposal for the Rest of River.

EPA will accept informal public comments through Friday, October 23, 2009. The Work Plan is available here (PDF) (84 pp, 28.2 MB).

Comments may be submitted to me by mail, email or fax:

Jim Murphy (murphy.jim@epa.gov), EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
c/o Weston Solutions
10 Lyman Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201


Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Work Plan for Evaluation of Additional Remedial Alternatives for the Rest of River portion of the Housatonic River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a 30-day Informal Public Input Period on General Electric Company's Work Plan for Evaluation of Additional Remedial Alternatives for the Rest of River portion of the Housatonic River. The Work Plan was submitted as an addendum to GE's Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Proposal for the Rest of River.

EPA will accept informal public comments beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2009 through Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The Work Plan will be available on the EPA website by the end of the day tomorrow, in advance of the start of the public input period.

Comments may be submitted to me by mail, email or fax:

Jim Murphy (murphy.jim@epa.gov), EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
c/o Weston Solutions
10 Lyman Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Letter (with enclosure) from Silfer (GE) to Svirsky (USEPA), August 31, 2009, Re: Rest of River Work Plan for Evaluation of Additional Remedial Alternative (PDF) (84 pp, 28.2 MB)

NPDES/General Electric Public Notice


Informal Public Input Period on GE's Response to EPA's comments on GE's Corrective Measures Study (CMS) for the Housatonic River Site, Rest of River.

As a result of several requests from the public, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending the Informal Public Input Period on GE's Response to EPA's comments on GE's Corrective Measures Study (CMS) for the Housatonic River Site, Rest of River. EPA will accept public comments through May 11, 2009.

Comments may be submitted to me by mail, email or fax:

Jim Murphy (murphy.jim@epa.gov), EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
c/o Weston Solutions
10 Lyman Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

GE's Response to EPA's comments on the CMS Report is on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/restofriver-reports.html#CMS, under
Related Correspondence


Proposed 1½ Mile Berkshire Gas Settlement Agreemen
Comment Period: November 19 - December 19, 2008
Public Meeting: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice is announcing a 30-day public comment period. The proposed Consent Decree provides that Berkshire Gas is entitled to contribution protection as provided by Section 113(f)(2) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9613(f)(2) for matters addressed by the Consent Decree.

Comments should be:

addressed to:
the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530
reference: United States v. The Berkshire Gas Company, (D. MA.), Civ. No. 8-CV- 30218, D.J. No. 90-11-3-09166.

Comments may be sent by:

e-mail to: pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov or
delievery mail to: P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20044-7611


Corrective Measures Study (CMS), March 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a 30-day extension to the Informal Public Input Period on GE's Corrective Measures Study (CMS) for the Housatonic River Site, Rest of River. EPA will now accept public comments through May 20, 2008. The public input period opened on March 22, 2008

The CMS is available on EPA's website. The report is located in the Rest of River section under GE Reports/Documents. The direct link is: http://www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/restofriver/reports/cms/283374_CMS_Report.pdf (722 pp, 3.6 MB) (Approximate file size of all linked files: 295 MB. Section 6 Figures: 195 MB)

The CMS includes GE's recommendations on which alternatives the company believes best meet the objectives and criteria specified for the Rest of River project. EPA has started a review of GE's CMS and will be accepting comments from the CCC and the general public as well as from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and other interested organizations and individuals.

Comments may be submitted to:

Susan Svirsky (svirsky.susan@epa.gov), EPA Rest of River Project Manager
c/o Weston Solutions
10 Lyman Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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