This article offers historical background and perspective on the issue of chemical pollution and contamination throughout the years in our state. As you read, think about how superfund sites impact surrounding communities and ecosystems.
Massachusetts' toxic legacy spans the country's 300-year race toward industrialization. With an economy driven by manufacturing, we dumped noxious chemicals into our waterways and buried our industrial byproducts in our backyards. By the mid-20th century, we were paying for our carelessness with tainted drinking water and air laced with pernicious particles.