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Advocates celebrate Neponset River's new "Superfund" status

March 17, 2022

Taken from the WBUR website

Hosted by Tiziana Dearing, Walter Wuthmann, Hannah Chanatry

The Neponset River running between Mattapan and Milton. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Community activists have argued for years that the calm waters of the Neponset River in Boston hide layers of toxic pollution, and demanded federal action to clean it up.

The Environmental Protection Agency answered that call this week by designating the Lower Neponset a "Superfund site," a label given to the most hazardous and uncontrolled contaminated areas in the country.

That means the federal government will throw its full weight, and resources, into the river's restoration.

So how did we get here?

We speak to Vivien Morris, the chairperson of the Edgewater Neighborhood Association, a coalition of people in Mattapan and Hyde Park who advocated for the Superfund designation. We also get the latest reporting from WBUR's Hannah Chanatry.

Click here to visit the WBUR website and listen to the 13 minutes clip.

This segment aired on March 17, 2022.

*Mattapan Food Fitness Coalition is proud to have been the supporting organization to the Edgewater Neighborhood Association as they strive to get more access to the Neponset River.

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