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 https://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/faq/2009/08/what-are-the-superfund-site-npl-statuses.html
“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 https://www.epa.gov/superfund
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 https://www.epa.gov/superfund/search-superfund-sites-where-you-live
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:
_____ Sources and Bibliography
_____Grammar and Spelling
Research and writing Days: ____________________________________
Presentation Day: __________________________________
This will count as a lab grade. You will be evaluated using the rubric on the reverse side.