Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
West Street Property Removal Action
The West Street Property site is three quarters of an acre of wetlands that is contaminated with lead and waste oil. It is part of a 2.9-acre property with farmland, a wooded area, a two-story residence, and a barn adjacent to an automotive radiator repair shop. In 1988, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection performed a site investigation that involved collecting surface soil samples and installing five groundwater monitoring wells. Results from the samples showed highly elevated levels of lead. The groundwater wells showed no evidence of contamination. As an interim protective measure in 1993, the state DEP installed a chain link fence restricting access to the area. Since then, the state has continued to collect data from the wells and repair the chain link fence.
At DEP’s request, EPA did a new preliminary assessment and site investigation in April 2009. EPA’s contractors established a sampling grid on April 27, 2009, and collected surface and subsurface soil samples to test for lead, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds. Lead was detected in all surface soil samples, 26 of which exceeded the state standard.
EPA issued a Closure Memo on August 20, 2009, stating that, in light of the magnitude of the threat or potential threat to health, welfare, or the environment, the removal action should be done quickly. Along with EPA, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reviewed the information and concluded that the incidental ingestion of lead in the soil could be harmful to nearby residents or anyone who entered the site. Staff at the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry agreed with EPA’s decision to do a timely cleanup. As of May 2010, the site contaminants had been removed by EPA contractors and taken to a licensed facility. Clean wetland soil was put into the excavated area and wetland plants and seed were introduced to restore the wetland. During July 2011, a final regrading and reseeding was done and the site was expected to close by September 2011.
Location: Hatfield, MA
Start date: 02/18/2010
End date: 09/28/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (email@example.com)