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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:22:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Examining the old Parker Street dump, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Dreams dashed on contaminated land

Toxic legacy: Examining the old Parker Street dump

New Bedford Standard-Times (MA)
December 20, 2009

NEW BEDFORD - A Standard-Times photograph snapped at a groundbreaking ceremony for New Bedford High School on Jan. 17, 1970, captures the excitement surrounding the building of one of the state's largest and most modern high schools at that time.

Pictured in the photo are then Superintendent James R. Hayden, architect Owen F. Hackett, Jr. and then Mayor George Rogers. The men, dressed in overcoats, suits and hard hats, grin as they shovel dirt at the site, the former home of the city-owned Parker Street dump. The crowd of onlookers includes members of the School Committee at the time, among them: Vincent J. Worden, John M. Xifaras, Rose Ferreira and Albert A. Boucher.

The festive group did not know the property contained industrial ash loaded with excessive levels of PCBs and other toxic chemicals, which local manufacturing companies dumped at the site between the 1930s and the 1970s.


For the entire article, see

See also the accompanying editorial at


Lenny Siegel
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