The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated a 3.7-mile stretch of the Neponset River— from Mother Brook in Hyde Park to the Walter Baker Dam in Dorchester, MA—a Superfund site.
Like many New England rivers, the 29-mile Neponset was befouled by industrial mills and plants that dumped contaminants, including PCBs, directly into the river. The new Superfund designation will bring federal money and scientific expertise to the cleanup effort, as well as legal support to fine companies that were responsible for the pollution. The cleanup will begin with water sampling in fall 2022, and could take decades to complete.
The Neponset River begins in Foxborough, MA, and flows through Walpole, Sharon, Norwood, Canton, Stoughton, Westwood, Dedham, Milton, Boston, and Quincy before emptying into Boston Harbor.
Read more about the Neponset River Superfund designation in the Boston Globe.