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J and A Floral

Removal action at J and A Floral, Benton, Maine

Elevated levels of DDT, lead and benzo(a)pyrene were identified in surface soil at a former greenhouse and landscape supply business at 1210 Clinton Ave. in Benton. The property owner lives at the site on a part time basis.

The site includes 41 acres of open land and woodlands in a rural residential/commercial area. The landscape business operated here from the 1940s to the 1980s. At one time, more than a dozen greenhouses were on the site, but have since been razed. Some areas of debris are contaminated with pesticides and metals. A small cinder block building that housed the office /retail space and stored pesticides remains standing. There were also several underground storage tanks, each with a capacity of more than 10,000 gallons. The tanks, which were empty when EPA was called in, contained various oils used to fire the boilers to heat the greenhouses.

The site is surrounded by homes to the north and south; a hydroelectric power plant and farmland to the east and woodlands to the west. The Sebasticook River, less than 100 yards to the east, receives surface water runoff through a direct discharge from a storm drain on Clinton Street at the eastern edge of the site.

In December, 2010 the Maine Department of Environmental Protection referred the site to EPA for evaluation. On Aug. 11, 2011, EPA approved a cleanup and on Oct. 12, a cleanup contractor began excavating contaminated soil. Excavations were done by Oct. 14 and excavated soils were stockpiled and covered with plastic. Some 32 loads of soil were shipped Dec. 19 and 20 to a state-owned landfill in Maine. Hay and straw were spread over regraded areas the next day to complete restoration. DEP removed the underground storage tanks. The cleanup was completed on Dec. 21, 2011.

Location: 1210 Clinton Ave., Benton, Maine
Start date: 09/28/2011
End date: 12/21/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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