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This Success Story was completed before the signing of the 2002 Brownfields Legislation. The Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program is now called the Assessment Grant Program.

Success in EPA-Conducted Targeted Brownfields Assessments and the Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Town of Londonderry, NH

(July 13, 2001)

Lamont Labs, Inc.

Before: Building
destroyed by fire

Lamont Labs, Inc.

Before: Former barracks

After - Enterprise Regional

Enterprise Regional
Distribution Center

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) worked closely with the Town of Londonderry and the EPA New England Brownfields Team to coordinate site assessments under the Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) and Assessment Demonstration Pilot (ADP) Programs to successfully redevelop the property at 6 Perimeter Road on the Manchester / Grenier Industrial Air Park. EPA conducted a TBA at the site to characterize the scope of contamination, locate underground storage tanks, make recommendations for remediation activities, and provide a cost estimate for those recommendations. NHDES used funds from the ADP program to conduct a site investigation and to develop a remedial action plan based on the recommendations. The Town of Londonderry assumed the costs of the remediation. This is a great example of cooperation between local, state, and federal government agencies.

In the 1940's, the site, now occupied by Enterprise, was developed to provide housing for military personnel. In 1967 the Londonderry Housing Authority acquired the 5-acre site property from the Air Force, which it later sold to a private party in 1971. The site subsequently housed several light industries, including a company making garage doors and a moving van and storage company. Most recently, Lamont Labs, Inc., a company which formulated, packaged, and stored finished chemical products such as windshield washer fluid and pool maintenance chemicals occupied the site.

Open for business in 1983, operations ceased in 1992 and the property was abandoned. The company declared bankruptcy in 1994 following a fire which destroyed a section of an unoccupied building. From September 1994 to May of 1995, EPA conducted an emergency removal action to segregate and remove thousands of containerized chemicals (products and raw materials) and UST residuals (except fuel oil.) The Town of Londonderry acquired the property in May 1997 by tax foreclosure. In August of 1997 EPA conducted a $50,000 TBA. It was estimated that it would cost $146,500 to remove six remaining storage tanks and contaminated soils, conduct asbestos abatement, and obtain a groundwater management permit. NHDES received a $200,000 award under the EPA Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program and used a portion of it to conduct further assessments to develop a remedial action plan. The remediation activities were implemented using town funds. The total cost off investigation, removal, and remediation activities conducted in this cross-agency effort totaled approximately $756,000.

The results of the TBA and the ADP proved a powerful tool to generate interest in redevelopment as part of the overall Manchester Airport Development Authority expansion project. In 2000, Londonderry Housing and Redevelopment Authority acquired the property. It is currently under purchase / lease agreement with the Enterprise Northeast Distribution Center. Automobiles rented through Enterprise in New England are brought first to the Londonderry distribution center, registered to the town, and then sent to the satellite centers. This allows Londonderry to collect additional revenue through the vehicle registration fees.

Testimony Click icon for EPA disclaimer. of Philip J. O'Brien, Ph.D., Director of Division of Waste Management of NH DES Click icon for EPA disclaimer. on the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001. Includes description of NH DES activities and former Lamont Labs, Inc. property redevelopment.

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