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Massachusetts announces cleanup agreement for contaminated Jamaica Plan facility

By Mark Iandolo | May 17, 2017


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 10 that her office has entered an agreement for the cleanup and redevelopment of a former automotive and industrial facility in Jamaica Plain.

Healey says the agreement will create jobs, preserve open space and provide local revenue for the city of Boston.

Healey’s office reached the agreement through the Brownsfields Covenant Program, which gives liability protection to development entities that have bought contaminated land. The 3.36-acre property at 3521-3529 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain is currently contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds, petroleum, polychlorinated biphenyls, trichloroethylene and heavy metals.

“Our Brownfields Covenant Program is about bringing under-utilized properties in Massachusetts back into productive use while providing economic benefit to local communities,” Healey said. “This agreement will preserve open space and bring permanent jobs and housing to the city of Boston. I’m glad our office was able to play an important role by paving the way toward revitalizing this site.”

Healy’s office is working on the agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“The department is a strong supporter of Brownfields' redevelopment” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “We work together with the Office of the Attorney General to restore sites to productive use.”

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