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Loconto Site

Removal action at Loconto Site, Spencer, Mass.

This eight-acre site at 68 East Charlton Road was an automobile salvage yard for more than 50 years. In October 2007, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection asked EPA to consider the site for a cleanup because of high concentrations of heavy metals in the soils. A site investigation the next month involving 53 soil and bulk asbestos samples found high levels of antimony, barium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc.

On Oct.14, 2010, EPA and contractors began preparing the site for the cleanup, and in November and December soils were excavated and analyzed, and determined to be clean. Excavated areas were filled with clean soil. Soil was removed from tires and tree stumps from throughout the site, and tires were relocated. In December, metal scraps from throughout the site were cleaned and placed into a roll-off container for disposal. By early February, 2011, about 7,500 tons of non-hazardous contaminated soil was transported offsite, and scrap metal and tires were transported off site for recycling. By Feb, 7, disposal activities were completed. In May 2011, personnel returned to check soil in areas that had been inaccessible due to the snow and in disposal piles and found that lead levels were below the action level of 300 ppm lead. Fill work was finished May 19 and from May 31 to June 3, contractors restored the site.

Location: 68 East Charlton Road, Spencer, Mass.
Start date: 09/30/2010
End date: 06/16/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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