Superfund Site: NORWOOD PCBS

Superfund Site Profile

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. These ICs are required to help ensure the site is used in an appropriate way and that activities at the site do not damage the cleanup components. These ICs will remain in place for as long as the contamination and/or cleanup components stay on site. The site contacts should be consulted if there are questions on the ICs for this site.

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The Norwood PCBs site is located in Norwood, Massachusetts where about 8,000 people live within a mile of the site. Beginning in the 1940s, previous owners or operators of the Grant Gear building used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the production of electrical transformers and other electrical components. In 1983, the State of Massachusetts detected high levels of PCBs in the soil on site, and EPA conducted an emergency removal of contaminated soil.  Also, further excavation of contaminated soil/sediment, implementation of caps and covers, and building demolition wereconducted between 1996 and 1998, and contaminated groundwater was treated from 1996 until 2000. Following cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in June 2011. Monitoring activities are ongoing.