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Agreement Reached for Groveland, Mass. Superfund Site

Release Date: 01/25/2008
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. - Jan. 25, 2008) - The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on January 9 entered a settlement agreement (Consent Decree) for the 850 acre Groveland Wells Nos. 1 and 2 Superfund site in Groveland, Mass. Settling with the United States, on behalf of EPA, is Groveland Resources Corp. and Valley Manufacturing Products Co.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Settling Defendants will pay 100 percent of the Net Sale or Net Lease Proceeds in the event their property on the Site is sold or leased to reimburse the United States for costs incurred at the site. The Settling Defendants will also be required to impose certain deed restrictions or institutional controls on the Site in order to protect EPA's cleanup actions at the site.

The Groveland Wells Site is located within a residential area in the southwestern part of the Town of Groveland. Valley Manufactured Products Co. manufactured screw products as well as metal and plastic parts from 1963 until 2001. The site is contaminated primarily with trichloroethene (TCE) which was used to clean (degrease) finished parts. TCE was released into the ground from a variety of sources including, underground storage tanks, underground disposal systems and intentional dumping. The Groveland site was added to EPA's National Priority List in September 1983. EPA has been conducting cleanup actions at the site that address the contamination in the soil and groundwater.

The consent decree was lodged with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on November 9, 2007, and published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2007. It was subjected to a 30-day public comment period and has been approved and entered in federal court.

More information:

consent decree may be reviewed on the US District Court of Massachusetts web site: (

To get access to the pleading, use the civil action number: 1:07-cv-12120.

The Consent Decree is also available at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, 978-372-1732, and at EPA New England's Records Center, 1 Congress Street, Boston, 617-918-1440.

EPA's Web site for
Groveland Wells Nos. 1 & 2 Superfund Site (

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