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Saco Steel Site

Saco Steel Site

The site currently is inactive and previously was used as an industrial waste treatment facility for recycling metals. A large shredder fluff pile is located on the northern section of the site that contains three buildings: the facility building on the northeastern portion, the shredder building on the northwestern portion, and the shear building in the center. There is an inactive railroad easement and an on-site treatment pond as well. The incident was a non-oil spill type response, with the contaminants of concern including metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

The site covers about 7.6 acres at an elevation of about 100 feet above sea level. The surrounding properties are relatively level. Goosefare Brook crosses the Saco Steel property and flows northwest-to-southeast until it joins Saco Bay. EPA and its contractors began the second phase of the cleanup on July 14, 2008. Cap installation preparation activities included removal of large metal items and concrete pieces for recycling or disposal by the town of Saco, demolition of a small building, setting grade stakes and installation of safety and logistical measures.     

The cap consisted of 18 inches of earthen material installed at the center area of the site and pavement over crushed stone installed on areas that would be subject to vehicle traffic. Drainage control systems were installed or repaired as necessary to ensure effective stormwater runoff across the site. Three transformers/capacitors containing PCB oil were sent off site for disposal. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the town of Saco coordinated post-removal planning for its future use.

Location: Saco, ME
Start date: 05/22/2007
End date: 09/17/2008
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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