The EPA announced an Oct. 24 public information session to discuss plans for piloting cleanup methods to remove chemical waste stored in two ponds on the former American Cyanamid site in Bridgewater. Credit: Pfizer
The EPA set the session to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bridgewater municipal building to review the plans to try the two methods of cleaning the compound, heating it and mixing it with other chemicals.
Residents will also be able to learn more about the monitoring underway at the site through the duration of the tests, and other safety precautions being taken.
After the tests, one of the methods may be selected for the final cleanup at the 435-acre site that housed chemical plants from 1915 until the 1990s. About 140 acres of the site has been removed from the Superfund list, and redeveloped as the Bridgewater Promenade and the TD Bank Ballpark.
The remaining areas are still being treated to clean groundwater contaminated by benzene and other volatile organic chemicals—but the two impoundment pools the testing will be conducted on contain the area's most problematic contamination.
If the tests yield positive results and win approval from the EPA, a final, site-wide remediation plan may be in place to clean the land within about 10 years.