Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Granite State Plating
The local fire department alerted the NH Department of Environmental Servicesabout an abandoned box truck filled with chemicals at 10 Main St. in Rochester, NH, a residential neighborhood of the city. On Nov. 22, 2011, DES contacted EPA and asked the agency to assess the risk posed by the deteriorating drums and containers from the former Granite State Plating site, which sat in an abandoned box truck in the parking lot of a commercial mill building.
During the investigation, EPA found containers with incompatible wastes of acids and bases stored together, bulging drums, compromised drums and totes, unsecured cardboard boxes and bags of corrosives. The inspectors also found a similar stockpile of drums, totes, and boxes containing plating waste inside an abandoned room of the mill building directly above a dance studio for children. EPA determined the containers of hazardous substances posed an imminent and substantial danger and called for an immediate cleanup.
The Granite State Plating site is made up of two areas in the The Gonic Mill complex - a rental unit the Granite State Plating Co. rented and a Granite State Plating box truck in an asphalt parking lot. The Gonic Mill complex is about 5.27 acres that includes office space and a parking area. It houses a children’s dance studio, an education center, a dog training business, a restaurant, a clothing manufacturer and other businesses. Homes sit within 30 yards of the box truck and the Cocheco River is 20 yards east of the Granite State rental unit. Gonic Elementary School and Saint Leo’s Kinder Care both are less than .25 miles away.
The next day EPA contractors were on site to secure and over-pack the containers in the truck and in the building. By Dec. 6, all containers had been sampled, analyzed, overpacked and then segregated into secured storage containers. The remaining empty containers were cleaned out and moved into the mill building as non hazardous waste.
EPA and their contractors returned on Jan. 24 to transport and dispose of the hazardous liquids and solids that were within the secured shipping containers. The rest of the non-hazardous debris was shipped offsite on Jan 25, and all field operations were completed. EPA is working with DES on an enforcement and cost recovery strategy with the owners of Granite State Plating.
Location: 10 Main St., Rochester, NH
Start date: 11/25/2011
End date: 01/23/2012
Contact: Claudia Deane (firstname.lastname@example.org)