The Shpack Landfill covers 9.4 acres, most of which are within the Town of Norton , with the remaining 2 acres in the City of Attleboro. The landfill was operated from 1946 until the 1970s. This landfill received domestic and industrial waste, including inorganic and organic chemicals, as well as radioactive waste. The area near the site includes a wooded swamp. Approximately 40,000 people live within a 3-mile radius of the site. Municipal water supplies for both townships do not extend to the area around the site. Therefore, residents in this area use private drinking water wells, most of which withdraw water from the bedrock aquifer. The distance from Shpack Landfill to the nearest residential well is about 150 feet. There are 27 private wells within 1 mile of the site that serve 103 people. The two municipal water supply well fields for Norton are situated in the shallow aquifer and are located 3 miles east and 5 1/4 miles northeast of the area. Municipal well fields for Attleboro also are completed in the shallow aquifer and are located 12,000 feet and 24,000 feet west of the study area. The Shpack Landfill directly borders the 55-acre Attleboro Landfill Inc. facility.
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