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King Philip Mills

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King Philip Mills, Fall River, MA

EPA staff will conduct sampling activities on March 13th at King Philip Mills located at 386 Kilburn Street, Fall River, MA. King Philip Mills was operated as a cotton mill from 1871 until approximately 1970. The approximately 5-acre, mill-complex, consists of a series of interconnected mill factory buildings. In March 2003, EPA was informed of a release at the site, thereafter EPA inspected the site with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and local fire officials. More recently, on the morning of January 3, 2012, a former office building on the property was destroyed by fire (arson) and later condemned by the City of Fall River for fire safety violations. Following the fire, Fall River Fire Department conducted an inspection of the mill and identified the presence of 55-gallon drums and other containers of what they thought could be potentially hazardous materials. The City of Fall River thereafter contacted MassDEP and EPA, in late 2013, to ask for assistance in evaluating site conditions. EPA is coordinating with both MassDEP and City of Fall River representatives in these evaluation efforts. EPA first visited the site in December 2013, along with MassDEP and Fall River City Fire and Police officials, to conduct an initial site inspection. Sampling will be done to determine the extent of any contamination at the site. Once sampling analysis is completed (after approximately 6 weeks), EPA will make a determination as to any whether or not the site qualifies for cleanup response under EPA’s Superfund (removal) Program. Citizens may see EPA staff and contractors wearing protective clothing, such as TyVeck suits, gloves, and goggles. The staff is required to wear protective clothing in the event that they come in contact with harmful chemicals or contaminants while inside the building. The public should not be concerned about being in the area during sampling activities. Those in protective clothing are required to wear this equipment due to their direct contact threat inside the building.

Location: 386 Kilburn Street, Fall River, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/10/2014
EPA Demobilization Date*: Ongoing
Contact: Kelsey O'Neil (oneil.kelsey@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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