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Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England

Queen Street Dump

Boscawen, New Hampshire
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Consolidation Phase of Cleanup
Consolidating tannery waste
Consolidating tannery waste.
Transportation and Disposal Phase of Cleanup
Site after tannery waste removed
Site after tannery waste removed.
Restoration Phase of Cleanup
Promoting successful revegetation
Promoting successful revegetation.

The Queen Street Dump Site encompasses approximately 2 acres on Boscawen’s 490-acre section of town forest. Between 1953 and 1978, the Allied Leather Corporation generated and shipped chromium-contaminated tannery waste to the site. Subsequently, in the early 1980s, the state ordered the company to remove the waste off site.

In 1997, studies conducted by EPA and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) indicated high levels of chromium present in the tannery waste and brook sediments. Subsequently, in March 1998, Boscawen voters approved a $980,000 closure plan that was developed for the Corn Hill landfill. The plan will ultimately restore the Queen Street Dump site to a more natural condition, with new interpretive trails and enhanced habitat diversity.

The closure plan included two phases: consolidation, and transportation and disposal. During the first phase, EPA consolidated the tannery waste into a temporary staging area on site, forming a stockpile 230 feet long and 30 feet high. This pile was transported by truck to the Corn Hill Road Landfill for disposal during the second phase of the cleanup.

In all, EPA removed approximately 21,878 tons of waste from the Queen Street Dump. 744 dump trailers were required to transport the waste to the landfill. The transportation and disposal phase of the cleanup required 22 work days to complete. In addition, the restoration of the Queen Street Dump site has begun. The town is currently consolidating rocks that were uncovered during EPA’s excavation work and spreading a layer of top soil over the entire site to promote successful revegetation. The town will seed the top soil with grass.

Amount EPA spent on cleanup:

EPA Contact: Richard Haworth (haworth.richard@epa.gov)
Phone: 617-918-1229
Cleanup completed in late 1998

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