Bald Eagles

Federal funding to help wrap up Superfund site cleanup

Federal funding to help wrap up Superfund site cleanup

NEW BEDFORD – It’s light at the end of a dark, sediment-filled tunnel with bald eagles hovering above. It only took about 40 years.

With the approval of $72.7 million in federal funds Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding, the Environmental Protection AgencyThe cleanup led by the Port of New Bedford will be completed in three years.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said it was so long in coming that many people probably assumed it would never happen, but with cleaning up the Superfund siteEast New Bedford ready to become a center of the offshore wind industry.

“It’s really exciting for us and it’s really symbolic of how New Bedford has reinvented itself time after time to provide opportunity for its residents, so this is great news from the EPA,” a- he said during Tuesday’s announcement.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe announces a seventy-two million dollar award to complete the cleanup of New Bedford Harbor during a press conference held at the future terminal in Foss.

Senator Edward Markey served on the congressional committee that created the Superfund project. In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act was passed. New Bedford was added to the National Priorities List in 1983 as one of the most contaminated sites.

Markey said he was proud to say the incredibly important historic project can be completed with the announcement of bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding given all the damage done to the port by the businesses that have used the port. as a dump and put profits first.