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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Atlas Tack Corporation Superfund site in Fairhaven, Massachusetts is about 48 acres and includes upland areas, wetlands and saltwater marsh. The former facility made a variety of metal products, including tacks and steel nails, from 1901 to 1985. Operations released waste containing acids, metals, and solvents into drains and an on-site, unlined lagoon located near a marsh area. Waste disposal practices resulted in contamination of soil, surface water, sediment and groundwater. In 1990, EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). In 2005, EPA began cleanup at the site. The cleanup activities included demolition of most of the remaining on-site structures, removal of contaminated soil, groundwater monitoring, and site restoration. EPA completed these activities in 2007, and began monitoring activities in 2008. The on-site wetland areas are expected to be fully restored to their pre-industrial conditions. Potential development at the site could include commercial and industrial reuse of the upland areas. EPA is working with the current owners of properties at the site to implement institutional controls that will ensure all future reuse of the site will be consistent with the selected site cleanup and protective of human health and the environment.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Institutional Controls are required for this site.

This site requires ICs because a decision document, such as a Record of Decision, has documented some level of contamination and/or remedy component at the site that would restrict use of the site. In order to determine the current status of ICs for this site, the site contacts should be consulted.

To contact EPA regarding Institutional Controls and/or activity and use limitations, please complete this form.

ICs are generally defined as administrative and legal tools that do not involve construction or physically changing the site. Common examples of ICs include site use and excavation restrictions put in place through State and local authorities like zoning, permits and easements. ICs are normally used when waste is left onsite and when there is a limit to the activities that can safely take place at the site (i.e., the site cannot support unlimited use and unrestricted exposure) and/or when cleanup components of the remedy remains onsite (e.g., landfill caps, pumping equipment or pipelines). Effective ICs help ensure that these sites can be returned to safe and beneficial use.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided by EPA as an informational tool to further assist the public in determining the types of restrictions that may be in place at National Priorities List sites being addressed by EPA under the Superfund program. In addition to the areas addressed by the institutional controls identified on this web site there may be other areas on the property that require restrictions on use of the property that are not captured in this EPA database. States and other entities may have implemented laws or restrictions applicable to this site. The information provided herein does not replace a title search or meet "All Appropriate Inquiry" requirements. U.S. EPA encourages users to review the Site files to obtain information regarding remedy components, containment systems and the land use for which cleanup standards were selected for these sites. More information and links can be found on the site profile page and the EPA regional offices may also be contacted.

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