New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Environmental Contaminants
New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site

New Bedford Harbor is a major commercial fishing port and industrial center in southeastern Massachusetts. From the 1940's to the 1970's, electrical parts manufacturers discharged wastes containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) and toxic metals into the harbor. Hundreds of acress of marine sediment were highly contaminated, resulting in reproductive impairment and death of marine life.

The Natural Resource Trustees working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on this case include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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For additional information:
- USFWS Fact Sheet  (pdf 194KB)
- NOAA, New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site

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Last updated: September 16, 2009