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Parcel 6A Site

This undeveloped 6.86-acre lot in downtown Taunton once hosted a foundry and a train repair facility. The surface soil contains arsenic, lead, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) above state standards. Homes surrounding the property also have been affected by contamination. More than 50 homes tested by EPA were impacted by lead that may have migrated from the site. Since other sources, such as other foundries in the area, also might have caused contamination, and since data indicate the contamination may be ubiquitous in Taunton, the Mass. DEP decided to conduct a health risk assessment including collecting blood samples from citizens living in the area. At the same time, EPA built a chain-link fence around the original property to limit access to the site and turned management of the site over to the Mass. DEP. In 2006, the state and the City of Taunton decided not to list the site as a Superfund site on the National Priority List. In 2007, based on the risk assessment, the Mass. DEP determined that the elevated levels of lead and PAHs in the residential properties are background urban fill, which under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan does not require cleanup.

Location: Taunton, MA
Start date: 10/03/2005
End date: 08/01/2007
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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