Superfund Site: SALEM ACRES

Superfund Site Profile


The 235-acre Salem Acres site is located in Salem, Massachusetts. From 1946 through 1969, 4 acres of the site received sludge, grit, and grease from the South Essex Sewerage District through an agreement with the owners. This sludge contained tannery waste. The sludge was placed in eight unlined, uncovered disposal pits. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-VOCs, arsenic and chromium were found to be present in the pits. In addition, there was a fly ash disposal area next to the sludge lagoons and an old landfill area adjacent to the fly ash pile, yielding a total of 13 acres of contamination. After immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, the site’s long-term remedy was put in place. EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1999.