Recovery Blog

Getting 50 Tons of Toxic Chemicals Out of the Ground

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Act by Recovery.gov on November 29, 2011

Cleaning up contaminated groundwater at the Lowell, Massachusetts site of a former chemical plant has been accelerated as a result of $20 million in Recovery Act funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.

When Silresim Corporation went out of business in 1977, it left behind 30,000 decaying drums and large storage tanks filled with toxic chemicals, which leaked into the groundwater.  The drums and tanks have since been removed, but state and federal officials have been working to clean up the contamination for almost 30 years.

Using advanced technology, which Recovery funds helped to buy, officials expect to remove more than 50 tons of chemicals from soil and water within nine months – a process that would normally take much longer.

Nobis Engineering, Inc., a local firm, is prime contractor for the work.

Watch EPA’s video about this project.