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Lucas Enterprises

Removal action at Lucas Enterprises, Vassalboro, Maine

The 3.5-acre Lucas Enterprises site is an inactive automotive junkyard at 1499 Riverside Drive in Vassalboro. It has two permanent buildings - the main office/maintenance building and a three-sided wooden structure once used to store and process automobile transmissions. The rest of the property is covered with miscellaneous debris and automobiles. Surface water runoff drains through an oil/water separator down to the Kennebec River, about a quarter of a mile to the west.

Lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in the soil at levels above Maine standards. Before EPA arrived, the property owner disposed of about 12 vehicles for recycling and other debris. DEP's contractor disposed of 80 tons of tires from the property. State tests of drinking water wells nearby found no contamination exceeding state standards.

Surface soil samples as well as those from the soil piles contained lead levels above the state standards. EPA conducted an immediate cleanup resulting in the off- site shipment of soils exceeding federal led standards. Soils exceeding the state’s residential standard for lead, but below the industrial standard, would consolidated at the back of the property, covered with a barrier layer, and then capped with one foot of clean soil. The removal action started Aug. 1, 2011, and concluded Sept. 21, 2011.

Location: 1499 Riverside Drive, Vassalboro, Maine
Start date: 08/01/2011
End date: 09/21/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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