NPL Site Narrative for Tibbetts Road
Barrington, New Hampshire
Federal Register Notice: June 10, 1986
Conditions at proposal (April 10, 1985): The Tibbetts Road Site occupies approximately 1.9 acres in the Town of Barrington, Strafford County, New Hampshire. It is in a residential area upgradient from Swains Lake, which is used for recreational activities. The site was used for surface storage of 336 deteriorating drums collected from 1946 to 1958. PCBs, benzene, acetone, toluene, and other solvents were present in the drums, according to EPA. Soil and ground water, including residential drinking water wells serving approximately 20 people, are contaminated with benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, and xylenes, according to tests conducted by the New Hampshire Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission. About 2,100 people depend on wells within 3 miles of the site for drinking water. No alternative source is available. A wetland is less than 1 mile from the site.
In April 1984, EPA used CERCLA emergency funds to remove all drums containing hazardous substances from the site and dispose of them at an EPA-regulated disposal facility.
Status (June 10, 1986): During the summer of 1985, EPA and the State conducted a hydrogeologic study to determine the need for additional removal activities. During the study, low levels of dioxin were detected in the soil. Additional removal response is planned.
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.