Hanover: Fireworks site causes messy clean-up

Hanover selectmen held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss possible clean-up solutions for the National Fireworks Company site; the 240-acre property is located at Factory Pond in Hanover, and has become a public safety concern as a result of unmanaged hazardous materials.

The Mass Department of Environmental Protection holds jurisdiction over the site and wants the town to support the project, which is being nominated for the National Priorities List. Because the major issue of the cleanup is money, the MassDEP believes the site could be federally funded, though it could take years for action to be taken.

The site is not in a residential neighborhood, but it does affect small business owners in the Hanover Industrial Park. Tony Barnes, owner of Barnes Building, is concerned about the future of his company.

“We just got here. We re-did the site. We removed any hazardous materials. We built up that land and we were assured everything was fine. Now we’re going to get a designation. If we go on this list and we can’t sell our land, we could be on this list for 15 years and everybody could be stuck here while we wait for funding to come back,” said Barnes.

Hanover selectmen said that they want to evaluate all possibilities in the next six months and are currently assembling a work group in order to come to a decision that would protect residents and business owners.

Chair Susan Setterland invited selectmen from Pembroke and Hanson to attend in order to hear all suggestions to ensure the protection of the town and its businesses, saying, “Great concerns for the Hanover Board of Selectmen to go forward in the right way. That’s why I was very pleased tonight that we have the town of Pembroke represented and the town of Hanson. I’m looking forward to working with both towns and as you see we now have a list for a working group to get together and make the right decision for the residents and business owners.”

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.