The latest review of the status of the Picillo Farm Superfund site in Coventry contains no groundbreaking updates. Instead, it paints a picture of an ongoing work-in-progress to remediate soil contamination caused by 10,000 buried drums full of waste and liquid chemicals dumped in unlined trenches that were eventually removed by the state and EPA in the 1980s.
The state has recovered nearly $10 million in costs from dozens of "responsible parties" over the years in a series of settlements and legal actions relating to the toxic waste contaminating the 100-acre pig farm off Perry Hill Road.
After the initial removal of the buried drums from five trenches, bulk wastes were also removed and contaminated soils were dug up and stored in piles on site until 1998.
Today, a system to collect and treat groundwater at the site continues to operate.
"Long-term operation to contain the groundwater plume, maintain the treatment systems, and the required environmental monitoring programs are on-going," according to the report.