EPA to Review Cleanups at 14 Massachusetts Superfund Sites this Year
BOSTON (Feb. 1, 2024) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct comprehensive reviews of completed cleanup work at 14 National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund sites in Massachusetts this year.
Each individual site will undergo a legally required Five-Year Review to ensure that previous remediation efforts at the sites continue to protect public health and the environment. Once the Five-Year Review is complete, its findings will be posted to EPA's website in a final report.
"Every step of the process at a Superfund site is critical and reflects a commitment we make with local communities to be as thorough as possible. Cleaning up hazardous waste sites takes extensive time and effort, and these Five-Year Reviews allow EPA to ensure our cleanup efforts continue to protect public health and the environment, while keeping everyone informed and accountable, especially in those communities that have been overburdened by industrial pollution." said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. "EPA continues to evaluate these cleanups, with the overarching mission to protect public health and the environment and ensuring that Massachusetts communities will continue to be protected."
In 2024 EPA will conduct Five-Year Reviews at the below listed sites. The included web links provide detailed information on site status as well as past assessment and cleanup activity.
Five-Year Reviews of Superfund sites in Massachusetts to be completed in 2024:
Nyanza Chemical Waste Dump, Ashland
Sutton Brook Disposal Area, Tewksbury
Wells G&H, Woburn
Baird & McGuire, Holbrook
Hatheway & Patterson, Mansfield & Foxboro
Rose Disposal Pit, Lanesborough
Hocomonco Pond, Westborough
Silresim Chemical Corp., Lowell
South Weymouth Naval Air Station, Weymouth
Five-Year Reviews of Superfund sites in Massachusetts to begin in 2024, to be completed in Fiscal Year 2025:
Blackburn & Union Privileges, Walpole
Norwood PCBs, Norwood
The Superfund program, a federal program established by Congress in 1980, investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country and EPA endeavors to facilitate activities to return them to productive use. In total, there are 123 Superfund sites across New England.