Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Salem Oil and Grease
During a site walk with the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, the Salem fire marshal and the Salem fire chief at the Salem Oil and Grease site, emergency responders found numerous causes for concern. The site contained more than 40 vats and tanks of mostly oils, but also sulfuric acids and bases (potash ash, caustic soda). In addition, there were about 300 55-gallon drums of mostly oils, with about a tenth labeled as corrosives; three labs with hundreds of chemicals, and hundreds of containers with oils, paints and unidentified liquids. The business consists of two large buildings next to a canal that leads to the North River. It was apparent that drains probably exit into the canal. Outside one of the buildings were a number of drums and a large rusty and leaking tank. An investigation was requested. MassDEP took control of the cleanup.
Location: Salem, MA
Start date: 03/08/2010
End date: 03/08/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (email@example.com)