PCB-contaminated soil excavation begins in Acushnet,
Boston, MA— As part of the
ongoing New Bedford Harbor PCB cleanup, excavation of two small
contaminated areas between the Titleist shoreline parking lot
and the River View Park in Acushnet, Massachusetts.
Soil sampling performed after
the 2002-2003 PCB cleanup north of the Wood/Slocum Street Bridge
found small areas of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination
higher up the river bank on the Acushnet shoreline than what had
been known previously. River View Park is not part of this cleanup
effort. The park area was cleaned in 2002 and PCB soil testing
continues to shows it meets cleanup standards.
The excavated PCB-contaminated
soil will be loaded into sealed trucks which then will be cleaned
and inspected before being allowed onto public streets. Only about
15 truck loads in total will be needed. After the contaminated
soil is removed, clean backfill soil, a conservation seed mix,
and erosion control fabric will be put down. Some additional saltmarsh
plantings will be required next spring.
The New Bedford Harbor Superfund
site includes all of New Bedford Harbor and parts of the Acushnet
River and Buzzards Bay. The harbor was contaminated with PCBs,
the result of past waste disposal practices at two capacitor manufacturing
plants, one on the Acushnet River, the second on the outer harbor.
PCB wastes were discharged directly into the harbor, as well as
indirectly through the city’s sewer system. EPA added the
harbor to its National Priorities List (known as the Superfund
list) in 1983, making the site eligible for federal Superfund
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/ne/nbh.