Category Archives: Issues

The 1,4-Dioxane Plume from the NMI Superfund Site

Nuclear Metals, Inc. was a company that made depleted uranium munitions for the Department of Defense at a 46-acre site on Rt. 62 in Concord, just across the Concord–Acton town line. These activities resulted in significant contamination of the soil, sediment, and groundwater, and the site is now part of the federal Superfund program. Of concern to Acton, there is a plume of 1,4-Dioxane traveling through the groundwater, passing underneath the Assabet River, and reaching the Assabet 1 public water supply well in the southeast corner of Acton.

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1,4-Dioxane is an organic compound that was widely used as a solvent and stabilizer in industrial applications during the late 20th century. Continue reading

Green Acton/LWV Event:Panel Discussion of 1,4-Dioxane in Acton’s Water

The Green Acton Water Committee and the Acton-area League of Women Voters are sponsoring an educational panel discussion about 1,4-Dioxane in Acton’s water supply.

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Water Quality

Acton’s waters contain many materials in them other than pure H2O. Some of these are natural and others are introduced through human processes. This page indexes information about the quality of the groundwater, surface waters, and drinking water of Acton.

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Land Use Committee

The Land Use committee generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Acton Town Hall. The committee welcomes new participants. The committee can be reached at  Continue reading

Energy Committee

The Energy committee meets as needed about once every two months. The committee welcomes new participants. The committee can be reached at  Continue reading

Plastics Sub-Committee

The Plastics sub-committee meets as needed about once/month. The committee welcomes new participants. The sub-committee can be reached at Plastics is a subcommittee of the Materials committee, which is not regularly meeting these days. Continue reading

Water Committee

The Water committee generally meets on the second Sunday of every month in the Acton Memorial library. The committee welcomes new participants. The committee can be reached at  Continue reading

Land Use

How is Acton’s land used? How can it best be used to support long-term, sustainability? And how do we get from here to there? Continue reading


After World War II, Acton made a rapid transition from being a small community largely based on agriculture, to being a bedroom community for generally well-off people who cared about excellent schools, houses and property where they could grow their wealth, and access by car to jobs primarily in the area around Boston. The number of houses grew rapidly, and unbuilt land rapidly disappeared.  Continue reading