The Environmental Protection Agency is changing its plans to dispose of contaminated sediment from New Bedford's harbor cleanup along the shoreline.

The EPA initially planned to bury the PCB-contaminated sediment in cells called confined disposal facilities.

But officials now say a majority of the material will be shipped to an offsite facility.

About a third of the contaminants will continue to be placed in holes known as confined aquatic disposal in the harbor.

Environmentalists are calling the decision a victory for residents of the city and communities bordering the harbor.

EPA officials say the cleanup is having positive results.