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For decades, the 35-acre site of the Nyanza Color and Chemical Co. in Ashland, Massachusetts was a literal dumping ground. Mercury, used solvents, chemical waste, and heavy metals were disposed of and buried, or simply allowed to leak into the ground, on the property. The location became one of the country’s first Superfund sites, and in 1998, Nyanza representatives settled for $3 million with state and federal entities in an attempt to mitigate its legacy of contamination.
Now, 15 years later, 11 projects are underway to study, restore, and improve—as well as provide access to and education about—the Sudbury River and its watershed area, at a proposed cost of $4.72 million (some of that funding coming not only from the settlement, but from various local, state, and federal entities).
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