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Ibadex Research Company Emergency Response

On August 26, 2010, EPA responded to a call from the owner of Ibadex Research Company. The caller explained that he had been evicted from his leased space in Danvers, MA due to nonpayment. He was concerned that the hazardous materials remaining in his space would be mishandled by the property owner, resulting in possible exposure to the property owner, other tenants and the public. He indicated that he could not recall all the materials he had but stated they were in small quantities and included hydrochloric acid, hydrofloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, boron tri-flouride, mercury, arsenic, solvents, gases, and laser capacitors with PCBs.

After speaking with the caller, EPA contacted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to coordinate a site inspection the next morning. That revealed the presence of numerous hazardous materials in small quantities that needed immediate removal. The property owner hired a licensed contractor and environmental clean-up contractor under MassDEP oversight to remove and dispose of all hazardous materials.

EPA and MassDEP monitored for radiation, volatile organic compounds and mercury vapor and performed a visual inspection. Monitoring indicated only background readings for radiation and volatile organics. Mercury vapors were detected above background, but below levels of concern, and a source could not be identified. Together with the property owner, they agreed that he would perform the clean-up under an Immediate Response Action designation with MassDEP oversight and with EPA providing technical support.

From August 30, 2010 to September 17, 2010, the property owner's clean-up contractor inventoried, over-packed and removed all hazardous materials on site with the majority of the work occurring during the week of August 30th. All hazardous materials either were transported off site to a disposal facility or returned to the original vendors, and many of the lecture-sized cylinders were returned to the original vendors.

On September 3, 2010, after learning that the Ibadex owner had stored equipment in two trailers at a storage facility in Salisbury, MA, EPA went there and met with both the MassDEP and the Salisbury Fire Department. They entered each trailer, monitored for radiation and volatile organic compounds and inspected the contents for evidence of hazardous materials. Monitoring indicated only background levels. Items observed in the trailers included electrical and general office equipment, and there was no indication of hazardous materials.

Location: 57 North Putnam Street, Danvers, MA
Start date: 08/26/2010
End date: 09/17/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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