Name _______________________________

Date _______

Ground Water Project

Superfund Sites Research and Letter to Congress

Objective:  By the end of this assignment, you have written a persuasive letter to the Massachusetts Congress members explaining why funding the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is critical in terms of Super Fund cleanup and access for all peoples to clean drinking water.

Background:    “A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).”  What are the Superfund site "NPL" statuses? - TOXMAP FAQ. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2017, from

EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated land and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters. To protect public health and the environment, the Superfund program focuses on making a visible and lasting difference in communities, ensuring that people can live and work in healthy, vibrant places.” Superfund. (2017, March 01). Retrieved March 20, 2017, from

According to the EPA’s website, there are 40 sites in Massachusetts alone that are “proposed, final and deleted NPL sites and non-NPL Superfund Alternative Approach (SAA) sites.”  Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live. (2016, December 20). Retrieved March 20, 2017, from

For this project, we will focus in on three sites:

General Electric in Pittsfield, MA; Olin Chemical in Wilmington, MA; Industri-Plex in Woburn, MA

Directions:  Research the following questions, documenting the sources you use (in appropriate format).  You will then write a letter to the Massachusetts Congress members explaining why EPA funding of Superfund sites is critical and important for the access to clean, safe drinking water.

Ms. Forfa has set-up a resource page for you found at:

Please use this resource!  It will be very helpful in helping you to find all the necessary information but to also meet the criteria of using reputable websites.  

Criteria for Success:  A successful letter will include the following:


  1. _____Where is your superfund site?  (you should include an appropriate map to show the location)
  2. _____What happened to make this region a superfund site?  
  1. _____Who is responsible?  (Describe the business and what happened)
  2. _____What types of chemicals are to blame?
  1. _____What are the health impacts of this superfund site?
  2. _____What are the environmental impacts of this superfund site?
  3. _____What is being done to remedy (clean-up) this superfund site?  
  1. _____How successful?
  2. _____What is the cost?
  3. _____Who is paying the bill?
  1. _____What are the hopes for the future of this area?  Explain.
  2. _____A strong, persuasive argument as to why government funding is vital to the mission of the EPA’s Superfund program and the health of the water in the United States.

_____ Sources and Bibliography

  1. ____ I used at least four reputable websites.
  2. ____ I have an APA or MLA formatted bibliography.
  3. ____ All information is in my own words.  I used direct quotes and proper in-text citations for any information not in my own words.

_____Grammar and Spelling

  1. _____ My paper has been proofread for spelling (initials of proofreader:  _____).
  2. _____ My paper has been proofread by a teacher or librarian for proper grammar usage and vocabulary (initials of proofreader:  _____).

Research and writing Days: ____________________________________

Presentation Day: __________________________________

This will count as a lab grade.  You will be evaluated using the rubric on the reverse side.