BOSTON – The former Walton & Lonsbury Inc. facility in Attleboro has been added to the National Properties List of Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Superfund is a federal program that investigates and cleans up the most “complex, uncontrolled of abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country to protect people’s health and the environment,” according to the EPA.
Another Massachusetts site – the former Creese & Cook Tannery in Danvers, Mass. – has also been added to the list and the former Collins & Aikman Plant in Farmington, N.H. has been proposed for list consideration.
“Adding these two sites to the national Superfund list allows EPA to begin addressing contamination issues on these parcels. Superfund has been very effective cleaning contaminated lands across the country, ensuring cleaner and healthier communities,” Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office, said in prepared remarks.
“These heavily contaminated sites in Attleboro and Danvers will one day be clean enough to be redeveloped and help boost the Massachusetts economy,” Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said in a statement. “We thank our partners at the EPA for listing these sites as priorities, helping us to protect our residents and the environment.”
From 1940 to 2007, the former Walton & Lonsbury site was used to chrome plate oversized objects such as pistons for large hydraulic equipment or rollers for paper mills.
According to the EPA, a number of chemicals and chemical compounds were used and left as waste in the operations process. Contaminants include total chromium, hexavalent chromium, lead and volatile organic compounds.
Since 1983, the EPA has listed 1,685 sites on the National Properties List. Presently, 68 percent of the sites have cleanup remedies in place. Thirty-six percent of sites have all necessary long-term protections in place, meaning the EPA considers the sites protective to redevelopment or reuse.