Thursday, April 26, 2012

Emergency Response News Release (Region 1): EPA and Mass. DEP Host Public Meeting on Walton and Lonsbury Site in Attleboro, Mass.

News Release
Environmental Protection Agency
New England Regional Office
April 26, 2012

 Contact Information: Emily Zimmerman, 617-918-1037


EPA and Mass. DEP Host Public Meeting on Walton and Lonsbury Site in Attleboro


(Boaton, Mass.--April 26, 2012)The EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) will be holding a public meeting on Monday, April 30, 2012 to discuss next steps for the Walton & Lonsbury Site at 78 North Avenue, Attleboro, Mass.

EPA, in conjunction with MassDEP, is evaluating the Site for inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is a national list of sites that EPA determines requires further investigation and potential cleanup in order to protect human health and the environment in the long-term. It is anticipated that the Site could be proposed to the NPL in September 2012.

The results from the latest rounds of sampling indicate that contamination does extend beyond the original site boundaries.   MassDEP and EPA continue to work together to address the issues and reduce the potential risks to human health and the environment from the contamination source.

The meeting to discuss this and provide an update on ongoing removal activities will be held on April 30, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm in Attleboro City Hall 77 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. 

EPA began its removal action at the 78 North Avenue Site in October 2010.  Since then, the Walton & Lonsbury building has been removed and contaminated soils continue to be addressed. 

Over the past few months, additional soil and water samples have been collected by the MassDEP and EPA on residential properties south of the Site as part of an investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the former Walton & Lonsbury site. 

This ongoing investigation is part of an effort by MassDEP and EPA to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the impacts from the former Walton and Lonsbury site.  During previous sampling events, it was evident that contamination from the Walton & Lonsbury Site migrated from the facility due to rain and surface water.


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