PCB Contamination of a Mass. Harbor: Technical Challenges for a Remedial Solution

by Yee Cho, Massachusetts Dep of Environmental, Quality Engineering, Div of, Hazardous Waste, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


The highest priority uncontrolled site in Massachusetts, the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site, is contaminated with high concentrations of PCBs. The magnitude and nature of contamination, the routes of exposure to the chemical, etc. on this site are unique. This uniqueness adds complexity to the task of formulating possible remedial solutions. The technologies available to address the contamination are extremely limited, and are in the developmental stages. The state and other agencies and groups have spent years of concentrated efforts on site investigation to identify the sources of contamination and to characterize the scope and impact of the contamination. Remedial solutions to address the 'hot spots' of the site have been developed. There are a number of technical issues and factors that must be resolved prior to the implementation of the remedial solution. (Edited author abstract. )

Subject Headings: PCB | Pollution | Ports and harbors | Remediation | Chemical wastes | Waste disposal | Site investigation | Water pollution | Massachusetts | United States

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