New England News Releases

USACE hosts open house August 1 in Oxford, Mass., for Hodges Village Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house August 1, 2024, in Oxford, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1976 Hodges Village Dam Master Plan for the Hodges...
USACE hosts open house July 31 in Monson, Mass., for Conant Brook Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 31, 2024, in Monson, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1998 Conant Brook Dam Master Plan for the Conant...
USACE hosts open house July 30 in Uxbridge, Mass., for West Hill Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 30, 2024, in Uxbridge, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 2011 West Hill Dam Master Plan for the West Hill...

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Local bird watchers descended upon West Hill Dam armed with pen, paper and a few binoculars to participate in West Hill Dam’s annual Backyard Bird Count.
Construction of the System Management Engineering Facility (SMEF), the 40,000 square foot, 2-story addition, is well underway and progressing rapidly.
For vessels wanting to enter Plymouth waters, dredging to remove shoals from the Plymouth Harbor federal navigation project in Massachusetts is currently underway and on schedule.

News From Around the Corps

Training Supervisors to be Better Leaders
5/23/2024
Understanding the critical role supervisors play in the careers of their staff and employees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District held a Supervisor University training class for more...
Jacksonville District encourages visitors to practice waters safety
7/3/2024
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 3, 2024) - During the Independence Day holiday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is urging the public to prioritize safety. With increased water...
Aquatic planting initiative nurtures Thurmond Lake ecosystem
5/29/2024
SAVANNAH, Ga – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, began its aquatic planting season this month at J. Strom Thurmond Lake to bolster biodiversity and prevent shoreline erosion...

Feature Stories

Former District project taken off EPA’s National Priorities List

USACE, New England District
Published May 11, 2018
Clean up work at the Hatheway & Patterson Superfun site in Foxborough/Mansfield, Massachusetts, December 6, 2009.  The completed project was recently taken off the EPA's National Priorities List.

Clean up work at the Hatheway & Patterson Superfun site in Foxborough/Mansfield, Massachusetts, December 6, 2009. The completed project was recently taken off the EPA's National Priorities List.

One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Sites the New England District restored has recently been taken off their National Priorities List (NPL).

The Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site, located in Mansfield and Foxborough, Massachusetts was taken off the list during an announcement March 15.  “Deleting Hatheway & Patterson from the NPL is an exciting moment, marking the completion of many years of cleanup work and returning the site to the towns for future planning,” said EPA Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn during the announcement.

The Hatheway & Patterson Site was a 40-acre former wood treatment facility.  When the company went bankrupt in 1993, it left the soil on the site contaminated with chemicals that included dioxin, pentachlorophenol, arsenic and organic solvents.

The EPA asked for the New England District’s assistance in completing a remedial action that through excavation, offsite disposal and on-site cap construction, would clean up the site.  Work included excavating 43,500 tons of contaminated soil and shipping it off-site to a hazardous waste landfill.

According to the EPA, hazardous material within approximately two acres of the site located in Foxborough were consolidated and placed under an asphalt cap.  Long-term monitoring of groundwater, surface water, and fish tissue were performed regularly.  In addition, operation and maintenance of remedial components including the cap was reviewed together with monitoring data during 5-year reviews to determine whether the cleanup was effective.  Work began in August 2009 and completed in September 2010.  Sevenson Environmental of Niagara Falls, New York, served as contractor on the project.

New England district’s Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Cleanup Team received the 2011 National Notable Achievement Award for Superfund Reuse/Revitalization for Region 1 (New England).  The team also included members of EPA Region 1 and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

EPA proposed to delete the site from the NPL on December 2017.  After a 30-day comment period, the agency determined the comments did not affect EPA’s determination to remove the site.

Now that the site has been taken off the list, the property can be reused by the towns.  “The cleanup of the Hatheway & Patterson Site means the return of this property to productive use, the surrounding environment restored and the nearby neighborhood protected,” said Massachusetts DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.

Portions of the site are already being reused by the towns, according to the EPA.  In Foxborough, a 119-space commuter parking lot is located on part of the site, which serves the town’s commuter rail station.  The town of Mansfield also uses part of the site for emergency vehicle storage and office space.


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