EPA to Review Progress on Cleanup of Local Superfund Sites
By Jon Winkler
LOWELL -- More than a dozen Superfund site cleanups in Massachusetts will be reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year, including sites in Lowell, Acton, Tewksbury and Woburn.
According to a press release issued by the EPA, the local sites set for the agency’s required five-year reviews include the Silresim Chemical Corp. on Tanner Street in Lowell, the Sutton Brook Disposal Area off of South Street in Tewksbury, the W.R. Grace & Co., Inc. plant on Independence Road in Acton, the Industri-Plex and Wells G&H sites in Woburn. The two Woburn sites are located near Commerce Way and Atlantic Avenue and the Aberjona River Valley respectively. Other sites subject to review are located in Holbrook, Mansfield, Lanesboro and Bedford.
“It is a priority for EPA to make progress cleaning up Superfund sites across the country,” EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deb Szaro said in the release. “Once a site or part of a site is cleaned up, it is important for EPA to conduct regular reviews of the cleanup to ensure that it remains protective of human health and the environment.”
Established by Congress in 1980, the Superfund program investigates and cleans up the most difficult hazardous waste sites in the country before finding ways to make them safe enough for public use again. Some of these methods include redevelopment and post-cleanup monitoring to ensure public health and the environment will remain intact. The EPA is currently performing Superfund cleanups and studies at 40 Massachusetts sites.
“EPA’s Five-Year-Reviews help to ensure that the cleanup at the Superfund sites continue to meet the commonwealth’s requirements, protecting public health and the environment,” Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg said in the release.
Most of the reviews are set to be completed by the end of the 2019 fiscal year, with sites including the two Woburn sites having reviews started during the 2018 fiscal year.