Nashua Site Makes Top of Toxic Cleanup Site List
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says two sites in the Northeast are being prioritized for cleanup, including a former tannery in New Hampshire.
The project is among 21 nationwide slated for speedier cleanup and redevelopment under the Superfund program, which provides federal resources to deal with some of the nation's most contaminated locations. The list was one of the recommendations put forth this summer by a superfund task force.
The sites in the Northeast include the former Mohawk Tannery in Nashua and the Centredale Manor Restoration Project in Providence, Rhode Island, which was a chemical manufacturer from the 1940s to the 1970s.
The Nashua site, which was also known as Granite State Leathers, was an active facility from the mid 1920s to 1984 according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It processed animal hides and dumped hazardous substances directly into the Nashua River. The abandoned facility became a city nuisance and buildings were demolished several years ago by the city of Nashua, leaving behind fenced concrete slabs. Some work has already been done to remove substances in the area and according to an online report, "the EPA has determined the site does not pose an immediate threat to human health."
Other sites on the list are in New Jersey, Montana, California, Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Oregon and Washington.