EPA Superfund Program: SULLIVAN'S LEDGE, NEW BEDFORD, MA

Superfund Site Profile

The 12-acre Sullivan's Ledge site is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A quarry operated on site until about 1932. Between the 1940s and the 1970s, local industries used the quarry pits and adjacent areas for disposal of hazardous material and other wastes, including electrical capacitors, fuel oil, volatile liquids, tires, scrap rubber, demolition materials, brush and trees. After a fire at the site in the 1970s, the City of New Bedford backfilled the only existing open pit and covered all exposed refuse. In 1982, when the Massachusetts Department of Public Works drilled test borings as part of a plan to build a commuter parking lot, electrical capacitors, which may have caused polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination, were unearthed. Following short-term actions to protect human health and the environment, the site’s long-term remedy was put in place. Groundwater treatment, operation and maintenance activities, and monitoring are ongoing.

TOPICS IN FOCUS

Institutional controls are required for this site.

The Sullivan's Ledge Superfund Site has a Grant of Environmental Restriction and Easement (the "GERE") on the property owned by the City of New Bedford (the "City"). The GERE is an important component of the site remedy, and fulfills the requirement of the Consent Decrees among the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and various defendants including the City which establish institutional controls at the site. 

The GERE was recorded with the Bristol County Registry of Deeds on May 30, 2014. A copy of the deed, the plan of the property and plan of the restricted areas, along with a legal description is included as part of the record and provided here.

Except as provided in Paragraph 2 (“Applicability”), Paragraph 4 (“Permitted Uses and Activities”) and Paragraph 6 (“Emergency Excavation”) of the GERE, the following are the restricted uses and activities for the Restricted Area (see Plan of Restricted Areas) of the Property:

A. for Area 1:
i. excavation, removal or disposal of any loam, peat, gravel, sand, rock or other mineral or natural resource;
ii. extraction, excavation dewatering, consumption or utilization of groundwater for any purpose, including without limitation extraction for potable, industrial, irrigation or agricultural use;
iii. cultivation of plants or crops for human consumption;
iv. residential, commercial or industrial activity or use; and
v. any use or activity that would disturb or interfere with, or would be reasonably likely to disturb or interfere with, the implementation, operation or maintenance of the Selected Remedy.

B. for Area 2:
i. extraction, excavation dewatering, consumption or utilization of groundwater for any purpose, including without limitation extraction for potable, industrial, irrigation or agricultural use;
ii. cultivation of plants or crops for human consumption;
iii. residential, commercial or industrial activity or use; and
iv. any use or activity that would disturb or interfere with, or would reasonably likely to disturb or interfere with, the implementation, operation or maintenance of the Selected Remedy.

 


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
Yes (09/29/2000)
Human Exposure
Status

Under Control
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
Yes