Monday, February 24, 2020

Solar-powered groundwater-cleanup system launched at Massachusetts Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local officials attended a ceremony earlier this week at the North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, ReSolve Superfund site to mark  the implementation of a groundwater cleanup system powered entirely by solar panels.

“The ReSolve site is an example of how targeted investments can lead to reversing the carbon footprint of existing infrastructure,” U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) said. “We should look to the work of the EPA and North Dartmouth as a model for promoting sustainable practices and energy use. It was a pleasure to view the site today and learn about their effective work."

From 1956 to 1980, the site was home to a chemical reclamation facility, which left the area with contaminated groundwater. Cleanup actions have been going on since 1985, but the new groundwater cleanup system promises a more sustainable solution, minimizing the use of chemicals and the need for waste disposal.

“EPA is very proud of the track record our Superfund program has with working to clean up sites with complex contamination issues all across New England," EPA New England Regional Administrator Curt Spalding said. "I am especially pleased to be here in North Dartmouth celebrating this innovative groundwater treatment system that will provide a sustainable and environmentally preferable approach to the ongoing cleanup at the ReSolve Superfund Site.”

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