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Merrimack Industrial Metals

Merrimack Industrial Metals

Merrimack Industrial Metals, a five-acre site, was home to a metals recycling facility that operated from 1963 to 1999. The site sits next to Pennichuck Brook, the main water supply source for the city of Nashua, and is within the protection area for a well for the Merrimack Village District water supply. A soil pile was created during a cleanup attempt in late 1999 as part of negotiations for sale of the property. The sale never took place and the soil pile remains about 250 feet from Pennichuck Brook and 1,200 feet from the well. Surface soils and waste piles, which were exposed and accessible, were contaminated with lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). As of September 2009, the contaminated soil had been stabilized and about 3,500 tons shipped off site. Excavated grids were lined with fabric and filled with clean and in April 2010 the area was covered with vegetation. About 2280 cubic yards of clean loam with seed was used to create the vegetative cover. During the week of April 12, 2010, restoration was completed.

Location: 735A Milford Road, Merrimack, NH
Start Date: 05/11/2009
End Date: 05/16/2010
Update: 05/12/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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