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Sagas, LLC

Sagas, LLC, Berlin, CT

At the request of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), EPA investigated the Sagas, LLC property on July 10, 2012. An analysis of samples taken from surface soils concluded that lead, copper, and cadmium, among other contaminants, were present at unacceptable levels. An analysis of samples from abandoned drums found petroleum-based materials. The 6.5-acre site, zoned residential, abuts wetlands on three sides and is next to the Spruce Brook, which feeds the Mattabesset River within 0.3 miles. The Mattabesset River runs east to the Connecticut River.

CTDEEP inspectors found abandoned drums and suspected the presence of foundry sand on the property. CTDEEP staff learned one of the site's former owners operated an unlicensed metals recycling business on the property that processed suspected foundry sand materials used to recover slag metal. Since larger pieces of slag and other metals were removed for recycling, a large pile of fine, sandy material remained and is a source of heavy metals. The site was not being used, but was not adequately fenced to prevent access.

EPA and its contractors arrived at the site on Nov. 26, 2012 to begin the cleanup work. About 25 drum carcasses were taken away and 10 containers were separated and prepared for removal. Excavation work began on Dec. 3 and was finished by Dec. 19. About 2,100 tons of contaminated soil were removed from the ground. Disposal work began Jan. 8, 2013. A total of 1,733 tons of lead- and cadmium-contaminated soil and 398 tons of lead-contaminated was sent to a soil facility in Hatfield, Penn. Another eight drums containing bulked contamination were transported to Elizabeth, N.J. These drums contained consumer-packaged discarded chemicals.

Straw bales, silt fence and material for a berm were used to hold back surface water, while excavation was done below the surface water level. Water infiltrated into the excavated area about one foot below surface water level. This made excavation more challenging, and work stopped at one point. As a low level of contamination remained, a fabric layer was put into the excavation before it was filled. Restoration work included backfilling and grading excavated areas and repairing any damage caused by the cleanup. About 1,008 tons of fill were brought to the site to backfill and grade the excavated areas. These areas were then topped with about 108 yards of loam, to create an organic layer for vegetation to grow. Specialized wetland seed mixtures containing indigenous plant species were planted in wetland areas. The access road, built over a severely degraded existing road, will remain after the removal action is complete. The cleanup crews left the site on Feb. 4, 2013.

Location: Berlin, CT
EPA Mobilization Date*: Nov. 26, 2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: Feb. 4, 2013
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*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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