- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Supports Designation of the Lower Neponset River to the Federal Site Cleanup List
Brian Ferrarese , Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting designation of the Lower Neponset River as a National Priority List site for cleanup. The Lower Neponset River is located in the Town of Milton and in the City of Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Mattapan and Dorchester.
Listing this site on the National Priority List under the federal Superfund Program will bring significant federal resources and further the Commonwealth’s work with the EPA on addressing the human health, safety, public welfare, and ecological risks posed by historic PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination from former industrial sites. The letter follows years of work between the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and EPA on assessing the river and the steps needed for listing the site and cleaning it up.
“The serious nature of contamination in the Lower Neponset River warrants its inclusion on the National Priorities List,” said Governor Baker. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with our federal and local partners on the coordinated effort to clean up this site in order to protect the environment and public health.”
“Listing the Lower Neponset River as a site provides the Commonwealth with the opportunity to bring the necessary federal resources to this project,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By this action, we can expect to see real progress in cleaning up historically contaminated areas in the river.”
“Leveraging the resources of the federal government will ensure action to clean up long-standing contamination and further restore the Lower Neponset River as a recreational and environmental asset flowing through Environmental Justice communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Commonwealth has been working closely with EPA to help the local communities understand the site and the benefits of adding the Lower Neponset River to the National Priorities List.”
Following receipt of Governor Baker’s letter, EPA is expected to formally propose the site for listing and solicit public comment in the Federal Register. The 60-day comment period is expected to begin later this year. EPA will then review comments and make its final listing decision.
“We look forward to continued work with EPA on the cleanup of this important natural asset,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “In doing this work, we will be in regular communication with the citizens and municipalities along the river.”
For more information on the Lower Neponset River cleanup project, turn here.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.