Boston’s only quarry could start accepting contaminated construction fill

April 15, 2014


A 127-year-old quarry in Boston — the city’s only quarry — is seeking permission to take in up to 1 million cubic yards of contaminated dirt from construction sites, the Boston Herald reports.

West Roxbury Crushed Stone, along with excavation and development company J. Derenzo Co. of Brockton, Massachusetts, is trying to gain permission from the state to accept the fill.

The request comes at a time when there is a need in the state for sites to accept contaminated fill. The report notes that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking landowners to accept fill at their sites.

J. Derenzo president David Howe told the Boston Herald that the fill would initially contain a “very low level of natural contaminants,” though higher levels could later be accepted.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley proposed a zoning change that would require the site to go through the approval process for conditional use.

DEP spokesman Ed Coletta told the Boston Herald that the proposal needs neighborhood support.

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