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Metropolitan Metals Finishing Site

Removal action at Metropolitan Metals Finishing Site, Hamden, Conn.

This site was abandoned after a metal finishing business went out of business in 1996. The building deteriorated after that and the basement flooded as a result of a hole in the roof. At the same time, contaminants and sludge in vats, tanks and throughout the building were a health threat to homeless people living there. In addition to metal plating process residues, the property contained general debris, solid waste and waste from food scraps and human waste. The six feet of water in the basement made it hard to assess hazardous materials. EPA removed the hazardous substances, contaminated vats, piping and other switches and fixtures between February and May of 2010.

Location: 400 Goodrich St, Hamden, Conn.
Start date: 02/10/2010
End date: 05/18/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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