Is 'Civil Action' Site Still a Threat?

Results of further contamination testing at the "A Civil Action" Superfund site—Wells G & H—revealed.


Wells G & H of the infamous East Woburn Superfund site poses no threat to buildings in its vicinity, according to testing results by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The wells are part of the Superfund site chronicled in the book and movie "A Civil Action."

Last year, in the area to ensure that contaminants had not migrated as vapor from the groundwater and into buildings near the site.

Results of the 2011 testing reveal that samples collected at residences and other occupied buildings near the UniFirst, W.R. Grace and NEP properties are not health risks.

"Our conclusions were mainly that vapor intrusion does not pose a health threat inside buildings in the vicinity," announced the EPA last week.

The Environmental Protection Agency will meet with city officials and residents tonight at 7 p.m. in to discuss the Wells G & H Superfund site remediation and the recent results.

EPA technical staff will be available at tonight's meeting to answer questions and give more information.

According to the EPA, the Wells G & H Superfund site contains "five source area properties within a 330-acre area."

Federal and state agencies have enacted several cleanup actions at the site since 1992, including installation of groundwater treatment systems to remove chemicals that remain.

The EPA's complete report on the Superfund site can be found here. The information sheet for tonight's meeting is attached to this article as a printable PDF file.



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