EPA designates former tannery a Superfund site

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By John Laidler

The effort to clean up a contaminated former tannery site in Danvers received a major boost when the US Environmental Protection Agency designated the property a Superfund site.

The listing of the former Creese & Cook Tannery on the EPA’s National Priorities List of Superfund sites clears the way for the agency to use its resources to clean up the 17-acre property, which is located on both sides of the Crane River and includes the 28-unit Crane River East Condominiums at 33 Water St.

The federal agency acted at the request of the state and with the support of the town and the Crane River East Condominiums association.

Since it first proposed listing the Danvers site last fall, the EPA has worked to identify companies or people responsible for the contamination who it could then require to conduct or fund the clean-up. The agency will now seek to complete that process in the coming months, according to Meghan Cassidy, chief of Superfund technical and enforcement support for the EPA’s New England regional office.

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