EPA Cleanups: GE-Pittsfield/Housatonic River Site
General Electric, Pittsfield, Mass., Final NPDES Permit
The General Electric Company (GE), Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility is located on 254 acres of land located along the East Branch of the Housatonic River and its tributaries. The facility's outfalls discharge to the East Branch of the Housatonic River, Unkamet Brook, and Silver Lake.
In the past, General Electric manufactured additives and monomers for finished resins and produced zinc oxide powder for lighting arrestor disks and until 1990, manufactured and serviced large electrical transformer equipment and military hardware. These operations resulted in the discharge of transformer fluids, containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to the ground and into the storm water collection system.
On September 30, 2008, EPA issued a final NPDES permit to GE for the Pittsfield site. After an appeal and settlement, EPA issued a modified final permit to GE on August 1, 2009. The final modified permit went into effect on October 1, 2009.
Final Permit Modification, effective October 1, 2009
- Permit Modification (PDF) (25 pp, 85 K)
- Attachment A, Discharge Outfalls (PDF) (3 pp, 29 K)
- Attachment C, Best Management Practices Plan (PDF) (6 pp, 114 K)
- BMP Pipeline, Figure 1 (PDF) (1 pg, 338 K)
- BMP Pipeline, Figure 2 (PDF) (1 pg, 299 K)
- Response to Public Comments on Draft Modification (PDF) (12 pp, 42 K)