EPA extends comment period on Housatonic River cleanup plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period on its draft modification for a proposed cleanup plan for the Housatonic River.

The plan has to do with cleaning up pollution from the General Electric plant in Pittfield, Mass., and will cover the river from that site all the way south to Long Island Sound.

Past factory activities caused PCBs to enter the river, potentially impacting humans, fish and birds.

The Housatonic River flows through Shelton, forming the city’s eastern and northern borders.

Comments accepted through Oct. 27

Public comments on the draft permit now will be accepted through Oct. 27. The EPA will also hold a public hearing on the draft modification on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School in Lenox, Mass.

The draft plan sets forth the EPA’s proposed remedial action, operation and maintenance requirements for the Housatonic River from Pittfield south to Long Island Sound. It was released in late May.

Public informational meetings previously have been held on June 18 in Lenox, Mass., and June 24 in Kent, Conn.

Learn more about the cleanup project at www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/restofriver.