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Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, otherwise known as CERCLA or Superfund, the former Fort Devens (Devens) was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) on December 21, 1989, because of environmental contamination at several locations.

The contamination at Devens is associated with historic underground storage tanks/fuel depots and contaminated soils containing petroleum products and chemicals. Since its placement on the NPL, the Army BRAC Environmental Restoration Program has cleaned up numerous contaminated sites and transferred 4,000 acres of Former Fort Devens for property reuse and redevelopment.

The remaining cleanup sites include ongoing groundwater remediation at the former Moore Army Airfield and the former Shepley's Hill Landfill in addition to the long-term groundwater monitoring at four historic petroleum contaminated sites.

In 2016, the Army initiated the Superfund process to evaluate the emerging contaminants known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, which were detected in groundwater and in the municipal water supply wells for Devens and the Town of Ayer. The remedial investigation and cleanup of PFAS at Former Fort Devens is the focus of information available on this web site.

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