EPA Begins Reviews of Nine New England Site Cleanups

BOSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun reviewing site cleanups at nine Superfund Sites, including four Federal Facilities, across New England by performing required Five-Year Reviews of each site.

The reviews this year will include sites in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Once a cleanup remedy or part of a remedy is in place at a hazardous waste site, it is important for EPA to regularly check on its progress to ensure the remedy is working properly to clean up the site.

The primary purpose of the formal Five Year Review is to ensure continued protection of public health and the environment at the given Superfund Site. In addition to extensive review of the remedy itself, the engineering and the overall functionality, EPA may also look at outside variables that could potentially affect the performance of the remedy, including things like redevelopment, climate change impacts and overall wear and tear.

EPA conducts evaluations every five years on completed clean up and remediation work performed at sites listed on the “National Priorities List” to determine if the implemented remedies at the sites continue to be protective of human health and the environment.

Five-year review evaluations identify any deficiencies to the previous work and, if called for, recommend action(s) necessary to address them.

The Superfund Sites where EPA will begin Five Year Reviews in Fiscal Year 2016 are listed on the agency’s website. Once the Five Year Review is complete, a report of its findings will be posted.

Community members and local officials are invited to contact EPA with any comments or concerns about a Superfund Site or the conclusions in the recent Five Year Review.