Mass. - Wellesley
College and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have entered
into a settlement agreement relating to the cleanup of the
site of the former Henry Wood's Sons Company paint factory.
The paint factory operated near the shores of Lake Waban
from approximately 1848 to the mid-1920s.
settlement agreement calls for the College and the Commonwealth
to share the cost of dredging and removing sediments contaminated
by the paint factory's operations from the Northern Shoreline
and Western Cove sections of Lake Waban. This portion of
the lake will be dredged in conjunction with the College's
ongoing cleanup of soils and sediments located on the paint
factory land and in Paintshop Pond. The agreement resolves
a dispute between the parties as to who is responsible for
cleaning up this portion of the lake. The College has denied
liability for the lake, which is owned and operated by the
settlement between the College and the Commonwealth ensures
an innovative, expeditious, and cooperative solution to
the legacy of pollution that the paint factory left on the
College's land and in the northern portion of the lake,"
said President Diana Chapman Walsh. "Although Wellesley
College did not cause this contamination, we are ensuring
that the site will be cleaned up in a manner that protects
human health and the environment."
played no role in the operation of the factory or in the
pollution it left behind, the College acquired the paint
factory land in 1932 as a place for possible campus expansion.
The buildings then remaining from the paint company operations
were razed. The College never "operated" the paint company
property and the land on which it was situated remained
essentially undeveloped after the College acquired it. Since
the discovery of the contamination, the College has protected
its students and the general public from any risks posed
on its land. Now the College is undertaking a permanent
solution that will restore beauty and function to this part
of the campus.
working with regulatory agencies for many years, Wellesley
College this spring began a major cleanup of the former
paint factory site to alleviate a substantial source of
contamination. The project, which requires an investment
by the college of more than $26 million, entails the excavation
of wetlands, uplands, and Paintshop Pond. A portion of the
soils will be treated, and excavated materials will be consolidated
under a permanent engineered barrier designed to prevent
water from entering and contamination from exiting or leaching
to the surface or groundwater. At the end of the project,
now scheduled for next summer, excavated areas will be re-vegetated,
more than six acres of wetlands will be restored and improved,
and athletic fields will be constructed in the area. Fact
sheets and other information on the cleanup are available
on the web at PSP/
or by calling 781-283-2788.