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NPL Site Narrative for Iron Horse Park

Billerica, Massachusetts

Federal Register Notice:  September 21, 1984

Conditions at listing (September 1983): Iron Horse Park is a 1,300-acre industrial park in Billerica, Massachusetts, about 30 miles northwest of Boston. EPA is investigating five industries within the park and two adjacent to it. The industries have historically disposed of their by-products, which include asbestos, PCBs, and miscellaneous organic chemicals, in lagoons or landfills on their properties. The park is located within the drainage basins of two rivers. A canal, stream, and wetlands are capable of carrying contaminants into both river basins. Air pollution is also of concern because about 8,300 people live within 1 mile of the site.

Status (June 1984): EPA is developing a scope of work for a remedial investigation/feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action.

Preliminary sampling by EPA indicates that ground water and surrounding surface water contain a number of pollutants, including asbestos, volatile organic chemicals, acids, and pesticides.

For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.

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