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Loan, Both Buyer and Seller in Boston, MA

I heard there was a chemical spill in Ashland, MA. How does this affect the quality of life in Ashland? Ashand was one of the town we are interested

Asked by Loan, Boston, MA Fri Sep 4, 2009

We have 2 young kids.

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my dad was born and raised in Ashland, per Framingham hospital. I believe the effects have subdued over time but to be honest my dad used to play in that water also he owned and operated a local gas station for most of his young adult life. him and the rest of my family passed away all unexpectedly at their own time but my father was very young and he always talked about how sick people got. I recommended HOLLISTON!! its a good area for kids if u ask me.. if my mom would of kept me there my whole life id probably of graduated with a Ph.d in medicine or law by now.. hope this was helpful take care and best of luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 26, 2012
I have lived in Ashland for the last 24 years and the Nyanza site has not affected my life at all. I do bleive that yo should not eat the fish out of the Subury river, but I wouldn't anyway.

Other than that the site was cleaned up under the Superfund site cleanups of the 90's and capped. I know there is ongoing testing. The town wells for drinking water are no where near the site or the underground plume that the site caused.

There were some studies and I believe circumstancial evidence tha kids who played at the site back in the70's & 80's , before it was declared toxic, were experienceing higher incendences of cancer, but I don't beleive it was ever actually substantiated.

So, although everyone has to make these judgements on there own, I have never felt at risk beause of it and it did not and would not stop me from living in town.

(P.S. my Sister, Brother-in Law and Nephew also live in town and have for 16 years)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
Ashland is a wonderful community - it has great access to shopping, highways & commuter rail. All that being said - you should make your own decision if it is the right community for you and your family. I suggest that you begin your search at the Ashland Board of Health (508-881-0100). Hopefully you will be given the information, history and any ongoing testing. It is quite understandable to have concerns when a superfund cleanup site is in a town that you are considering living in. I have added the link to a site that gives a history of the Nyanza site to give you a base - http://www.colorantshistory.org/Nyanza.html. The town website is - http://www.ashlandmass.com/. Good luck with your home search!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 24, 2010
You should consult with Clean Harbors, EPA, town board of health, dept. of engineering, public works and state environmental departments and they can give you specifics of the chemicals spilled, clean up actions taken & plans for monitoring in the future as well as potential harm from the chemicals. I don't have any knowledge if there even was a spill.

EDR also has a service where they can give specific info on types of environmental data available around a specific location. http://www.prudential.com/realestate if you go to the page under home search there's a tab for entering the address & it'll search around for reported problems. It's free, there is a more in depth report but that costs money. Might be a good place to start.

Hope that helps,
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