Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Northeast Dream Center
The Northeast Dream Center (NEDC) site at 10 Greene Street is bordered by residential properties in the north, east (Greene Street) and southeast. The Sabattus River flows through the southern end of the site and continues around to the west and northwest of the property. The site consists of several buildings located adjacent to the river. A large brick building containing several floors of former manufacturing space is connected via a covered and elevated walkway to a wooden structure located closer to the road. Adjacent to the wooden structure is a smaller, freestanding garage. In addition, three transformers with unknown contents were found on the south side of the brick building.
The site was gifted to the non-profit entity NEDC in 2006. Before that, it had changed ownership several times. The first known owner was the former Mohawk Europa Inc., Webster Rubber Division (Webster Rubber). The company manufactured rubber products, specifically shoe soles. In April 1986, the property was sold to Bee Bee Rubber, who presumably continued manufacturing operations. The site was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989 and again was sold in 1995 to Showme, Inc. According to the town, Showme, Inc. ran a puppet theater on the property.
Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) received a complaint on January 21, 2009 alleging that containers of potentially hazardous material stored at the site were leaking. On January 30, Maine DEP's Hazardous Waste Enforcement Unit inspected the site and produced an inventory of its contents. No sampling was conducted at that time.
On May 7 and 8, 2009, EPA and the Superfund Technical Assessment & Response Team (START) collected waste and surface soil samples in and around the building as part of a removal site assessment. After analysis, the waste samples from the basement were found to be contaminated with ACM. The soil samples collected adjacent to the building and river were contaminated with chlorinated solvents, PAHs and heavy metals.
Based on site conditions, it was determined that it warranted a time-critical removal action; thus, an action memorandum was signed on December 17, 2009. Beginning in January 2010, EPA removed all containers of hazardous substances from the facility including the ACM located in the basement. Central Maine Power removed the three transformers located outside the building near the Sabattus River. In May of 2010, EPA completed excavation of surface soil located between the facility and the Sabattus River and completed transportation and disposal of all hazardous substances by July 16, 2010.
Location: Sabattus, ME
Start date: 01/21/2009
End date: 07/16/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (email@example.com)