State hosting public meeting on Bliss Corner investigation

Sep 18, 2019

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will host its second informational meeting about dumping and pollution in the Bliss Corner neighborhood.

The public meeting will be held on October 1 at 6 p.m. at the Dartmouth High School auditorium, located at 555 Bakerville Road. 

At the meeting, MassDEP officials will present an update on the investigation and progress which has been made since the first meeting on March 21. 

Update topics will include soil and groundwater sampling results from underneath town streets, soil samplings on residential property, information request responses from both Dartmouth and New Bedford, and the next steps of the investigation. 

In June, soil sampling results were released. The soil samples were collected from 18 locations within a study area extending throughout the neighborhood. 

While contaminants were present in 14 of those samples, only four were above the permissible limits for residential areas: Two on McCabe Street, one on East Wordell Street, and another on Donald Street. 

Groundwater samples, released in July, found no danger to drinking water in the neighborhood.

The state issued requests for information to both Dartmouth and New Bedford in its search for records which might shed light on the prevalence of the dumping activity. 

For more information about the Bliss Corner investigation and the upcoming public meeting, visit

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Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:00pm