BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting on Tuesday night over making a stretch of the Neponset River a top national Superfund site.
The agency wants to put nearly four miles of the Lower Neponset on its "National Priorities List," (NPL) a group of the roughly 1,300 worst-polluted sites in the country.
The stretch of the river under consideration runs from Dana Avenue in Hyde Park to Adams Street on the Milton-Dorchester border
The agency made the decision to consider the site for the NPL in September after a letter from Governor Charlie Baker this summer. The problem with the site is the presence of chemicals called PCB's, which the CDC has classified as a probable human carcinogen.
PCB's are present both in the sediment at the bottom of the river and in the surface water.
The public meeting will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. The public comment period on the site lasts two months from when the agency began consideration, ending on November 8.
Written by Chaiel Schaffel