Town officials reject Bliss Corner cleanup responsibility Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Source: Town officials reject Bliss Corner cleanup responsibility | Dartmouth 20 Kraseman St., where the PCBs were originally found. Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Dartmouth, Massachusetts officials told federal and state environmental agencies last week that the town should not be responsible for the cost of cleaning up PCBs and other toxic chemicals found in a Bliss Corner neighborhood. Meanwhile Bliss Corner residents are expressing frustration with their fortunes being left in limbo as the federal Environmental Protection Agency studies how to deal with an unknown amount of unknown hazards dumped in the area decades ago by as-of-now unidentified people or companies. Officials “categorically reject” claims by the Environmental Protection Agency that the town is responsible for transporting  and locating the contaminants in the area, according to a letter written to the agency Sept. 28 by attorney Roy P. Giarrusso on behalf of the town. The EPA recently identified dangerously high levels of contaminants in five properties in the Bliss Corner neighborhood, which sparked the call for clean-up. The exact location of parcels being referenced and the source of information citing the town’s responsibility for transporting and locating the material to the area have not been identified, the letter reads. The letter was sent by the law firm of Giarrusso Norton Cooley and McGlone, a Quincy-based firm serving as counsel to the town on this issue. “The town categorically rejects EPA’s suggestion that the town is somehow an arranger or (even more perplexing) a transporter of hazardous substances to unspecified properties in the Bliss Corner Neighborhood,” according to the letter. “The Town is still left guessing where, exactly, EPA plans to conduct the work,” it read. “For that reason alone, the notice fails as a matter of law.” This past April, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection issued “Notice of Responsibility” letters to Dartmouth [...]

2021 Erosion and Sediment Control Field Days

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