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Westminster Abandoned Container

Emergency response at Westminster Abandoned Container, Westminster, VT

An abandoned container was discovered on Oct. 17, 2009 on the west bank of the Connecticut River about half mile south of the town center. On Oct. 22, Vermont DEC requested EPA assistance to address the abandoned container. EPA and its contractors arrived that day and conducted air monitoring and sampled a small pool of oily liquid near the container. After coordinating with DEC, as well as state police and contractors, to determine the type and contents of the container, EPA determined on Oct. 23 that the container could be moved and handled safely. It was over-packed, secured, sampled and prepared for transportation and disposal. EPA staged the container at a gravel pit owned by Vermont Transportation, pending removal. EPA delivered the waste sample collected from the container to a laboratory in Rhode Island. Analytical results indicated the container filled with non-regulated oil. Final transportation and disposal of the container occurred on Dec. 10, 2009.

Location: West bank of Connecticut River ½ mile south of Westminster, Vt.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 10/22/2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: 12/10/2009
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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