Lower Neponset River expected to be designated a Superfund Site

Nearly four miles of a contaminated Massachusetts river that meanders through Boston and Milton was designated as a Superfund Site on Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency confirmed the designation Monday morning for a stretch of the Lower Neponset River that runs through Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester and Milton. Late. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and EPA Regional Administrator David Cash participated in the announcement. “This is a win-win for the communities who value recreating on the river, families who live in the area, and the wildlife that depend on it because we now have a mechanism to address the contamination and the sediment that has plagued the river for decades, “said Cash. Preliminary EPA studies found that the 3.7-mile stretch of river is contaminated with elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The chemicals do not readily break down once in the environment and are considered by the EPA to be “probable human carcinogens,” and are known to impact animals’ immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. “Dangerous chemicals do not belong in our water , they do not belong in our communities, “Wu said.The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requested that the section of the river be added to the EPA’s National Priorities List in October 2015. A preliminary assessment was completed in August 2018, and a site inspection was completed in April 2019. The EPA then proposed the Lower Neponset River be added to the list on Sept. 9, 2021. According to the EPA website, a remedial investigation of the site is expected to begin before the end of 2022 and removal could begin in late 2023 or 2024. “One day soon, all of the Neponset River will be clean and safe again, “Warren said.” We know that to combat decades of environmental racism we must prioritize environmental justice which is intrinsically linked to racial, health and economic justice, “Pressley said. The Superfund Program – formally the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act – was established in 1980. It allows the EPA to clean up hazardous waste sites and to require those responsible for the waste to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for those efforts. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year invests $ 3.5 billion in the Superfund Remedial Program.

Nearly four miles of a contaminated Massachusetts river that meanders through Boston and Milton was designated as a Superfund Site on Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency confirmed the designation Monday morning for a stretch of the Lower Neponset River that runs through Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester and Milton. Late. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and EPA Regional Administrator David Cash participated in the announcement.

“This is a win-win for the communities who value recreating on the river, families who live in the area, and the wildlife that depend on it because we now have a mechanism to address the contamination and the sediment that has plagued the river for decades, “said Cash.

Preliminary EPA studies found that the 3.7-mile stretch of river is contaminated with elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The chemicals do not readily break down once in the environment and are considered by the EPA to be “probable human carcinogens,” and are known to impact animals’ immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.

“Dangerous chemicals do not belong in our water, they do not belong in our communities,” Wu said.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection requested that the section of the river be added to the EPA’s National Priorities List in October 2015. A preliminary assessment was completed in August 2018, and a site inspection was completed in April 2019.

The EPA then proposed the Lower Neponset River be added to the list on Sept. 9, 2021.

According to the EPA website, a remedial investigation of the site is expected to begin before the end of 2022 and removal could begin in late 2023 or 2024.

“One day soon, all of the Neponset River will be clean and safe again,” Warren said.

“We know that to combat decades of environmental racism we must prioritize environmental justice which is intrinsically linked to racial, health and economic justice,” Pressley said.

The Superfund Program – formally the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act – was established in 1980. It allows the EPA to clean up hazardous waste sites and to require those responsible for the waste to perform cleanups or reimburse the government for those efforts.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year invests $ 3.5 billion in the Superfund Remedial Program.

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