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Fisherville Mill Site Removal Action III

Fisherville Site Removal Action III

The Fisherville Mill site, in Grafton, Mass. at 60 Main Street (Route 122A), is about 16.2 acres and is bounded to the north by Fisherville Pond, to the east by the Blackstone River, to the South by Route 122A and to the west by private residences. The surrounding area is a mix of residential, commercial and industrial properties. The South Grafton Water District (SGWD) utilizes two water supply wells to supply domestic water for area residences. The site was used from 1882 to 1986 by different industries, including manufacturing of textiles, steel racks, machine parts, stamps and lawn furniture; and also was used for warehouse storage. The site was contaminated with petroleum, chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), asbestos and heavy metals. In the late 1990's, the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) installed a groundwater treatment system to remediate the petroleum and trichloroethene (TCE) contaminated groundwater. In August 1999, there was a major multiple-alarm fire at the Fisherville Mill building that destroyed the entire complex including MassDEP's treatment system. EPA conducted an emergency response action to address all off-site properties that had been impacted by the asbestos-containing fire debris.

From June to November 2000, EPA, MassDEP and Central Massachusetts Development Economic Authority (CMEDA) jointly performed a second removal action to address the surface contamination resulting from the destruction by fire of the facility. This included removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material to off-site disposal facilities, as well as ash, building debris, PCB-contaminated oil and transformers, and mineral oil. In early 2001, EPA, Mass. DEP, SGWD and CMEDA cooperated to address concerns about detections of TCE in drinking water wells. From May to December, 2001, EPA conducted groundwater investigations at the site. After working closely with all parties, in 2002 EPA determined that a removal action was warranted to eliminate the drinking water threat posed by the VOC contamination of source drinking water areas on the site. EPA initiated a multi-year effort to remove contamination from the drinking water source, which was successful.

Location: Grafton, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 05/10/2002
EPA Demobilization Date*: 01/20/2005
Update: 04/15/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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