The Atlas Tack facility is located on an approximately 20-acre site located in Fairhaven, MA. The facility was built in 1901 and manufactured a variety of metal products including tacks, steel nails, rivets, eyelets and bolts until 1985. From the early 1940s until the 1970s or 1980s, wastewater containing cyanide and heavy metals was discharged into an onsite lagoon, eventually contaminating the soil and groundwater. Three separate areas of the site are also contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date
- A three-phased cleanup plan for the Atlas Tack site was approved on March 10, 2000. In phase one, EPA will demolish the rear three-story section of the main manufacturing building on the site and sample below other site structures to determine if they need to be removed.
- In the second phase, EPA will remove 54,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, debris and sediments, for disposal at a licensed, off-site facility. Once this is completed, EPA will use a method called phytoremediation (PDF) (87 K, 2 pp) to prevent residual contamination from leaving the site.
- The final phase will include remediation and restoration of the salt marsh soils and creek bed sediments. EPA will then continue to monitor the phytoremediation efforts and groundwater quality.
- In 1992, EPA limited access to the site by requiring the PRP to install a fence around the facility.
- In 1998, EPA completed investigations into the nature and extent of site contamination.
- In 1999, EPA's emergency response and removal program removed asbestos from three dilapidated buildings on the site, preventing the possibility of local community residents inhaling asbestos fibers. Additionally, the Town of Fairhaven banned shell fishing on or near the site to prohibit the possible ingestion of bacterially contaminated fish.
- This site has had a high level of community involvement. The commercial area of the site may be redeveloped for commercial/industrial use after the cleanup has occurred.
- EPA continues to monitor the site to ensure there is no immediate threat to human health pending the start of long term clean up work.
Current Funding Status
- To date, EPA has expended approximately $6 million on the site.
- In Fiscal Year 2004, EPA allocated $1.8 million to fund the first phase of cleanup, demolition of certain buildings on the site. EPA will consider funding for this site in Fiscal Year 2005 for the remaining cleanup phases.
For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Atlas Tack Corporation Fact Sheet on the Region 1 Superfund web site.
- Completed investigations into the nature and extent of site contamination.
- Limited access to the site by requiring the Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) to install a fence around the facility.
- Removed asbestos from three dilapidated buildings on the site.
- Designed the cleanup plan that involves building demolition, contaminated soil and sediment excavation (PDF) (530 K, 2 pp), phytoremediation (PDF) (87 K, 2 pp), and wetland restoration.
- Completed a settlement with the Hathaway-Braley Wharf Company, a PRP at the site, making partial funding available for the first phase of cleanup.