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Crumb Trailer Park
West Winfield, NY

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The Crumb Trailer Park site in West Winfield, New York is a small mobile home park situated on two and one-half acres. For most of its history, the Crumb Trailer Park has contained 15 trailers.

During EPA-performed cleanup activities at the Hiteman Leather Co. property (now a federal Superfund site) on West Winfield’s South Street in 1996, EPA learned that waste materials from the tannery operation had gone to a Burrows Road municipal dump, which operated from the 1930s until the 1950s . After the municipal dump closed, Frederick Crumb purchased the property from the Village of West Winfield and reportedly covered the waste area with two feet of soil. A local company named Crumb’s Trailer Park, LLC, acquired the property in 2004.

Testing of the site by the New York State Department of Health in 1996 found inorganic contaminants at elevated levels, but the concentrations were not above health-based standards. In 2002 and 2006, EPA sampled the site. These sample results show elevated concentrations of a number of pollutants, but lead levels are of particular concern on the western half of the trailer park.

EPA plans to move all of the trailers to either an on- or off-property location and place a soil cover over the contaminated surface soils. The process of adding soil and moving the trailers is expected to take between three and four months. Individual residents will only be displaced for a very brief period of time.


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