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Omo Manufacturing

Omo Manufacturing, Middletown, CT

Background

The OMO Manufacturing Site in Middletown, CT, currently owned by RLO Properties, has a history of mixed indus┬Čtrial uses. In the late 1800s the OMO Manufacturing Company made rubber and artificial leather products, then in 1934, the City of Middletown used the site as a municipal landfill. Today, the Site has buried drums, contaminated soil and a staging area for various heavy equipment and vehicles. The Site was referred to EPA by CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) in August 2009.

Concerns

There are a number of contaminants of concern including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lead in some soil samples on the site. EPA also has found elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on the property.

Next Steps

The Site currently houses miscellaneous heavy construction equipment, stockpiles of demolition debris, and a number of vehicles in disrepair. EPA must first decontaminate each of those items, which may have contamination from the soil on them, and then remove those items from the site in order to access the contaminated soil. The process of decontaminating and moving the debris from the site began in July 2013. EPA expects this process will continue for about a month.

The next phase of cleanup will be to remove the miscellaneous stockpiles of bricks, cement blocks and soil from the site. EPA expects this phase of the removal action will also last for about one month.

EPA will then continue environmental sampling to determine if there are additional areas of contamination that need to be addressed.

What to Expect

In July 2013, EPA began moving equipment onto the site to get ready to begin the cleanup work. Workers will be wearing protective equipment which may include white tyvek suits, steel-toed boots and hard hats. This is a standard precaution because these workers will come in direct contact with contamination, and is required by federal OSHA..

Air Monitoring

EPA will be monitoring the air while working to ensure no contamination leaves the site while we are conducting the clean up. Monitoring stations will be set up around the perimeter of the site and will measure any dust or particles. If the monitors show any elevated dust levels, then work will be paused and measures will be taken to evaluate and address the problem with the appropriate engineering controls.

Location: 50 Walnut St., Middletown, CT
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/18/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: Ongoing
Contact: Emily Zimmerman (zimmerman.emily@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, 617-908-1037

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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