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Release Date: 04/13/2001
Contact Information: Stacy Greendlinger, EPA Community Affairs Office (617) 918-1403

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today mailed informational letters to about 750 parties who may share some financial responsibility to pay for the estimated $1.5 million cleanup of the National Oil Services site in West Haven, CT. The letters state EPA's intent to recover its costs from those parties that generated waste oil which was sent to the site. Recipients include mostly private companies, as well as some cities, towns and federal, state and local agencies.

EPA expects the cost for each party to settle this matter to be in the range of 8 to 15 cents for every gallon sent to the site, with the majority of parties being asked to pay no more than $3,000. Each party's settlement contribution will be calculated based on hazardous waste manifests documenting shipments made to the site.

EPA has a dedicated hotline to assist the letter recipients in obtaining more information. A voice mail box is available to leave a message outside of operating hours or if the Hotline is busy. Due to the large volume of requests for information anticipated, individuals should allow up to three business days for a response.

    • Toll free hotline in New England: (888)-372-7341 extension 2236. The hotline will be staffed Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by informed staff to respond to all requests for technical or enforcement information.
    • Information is also available at the site repository.
      City Hall, Town Clerk's Office, 355 Main Street, West Haven, Ct (203) 937-3535
      EPA Records Center, 1 Congress St., Boston MA (617) 918-1440
A 1997 investigation determined that the site posed a threat to human health and the environment and therefore warranted an EPA short-term cleanup action. Hazardous substances found at the site included: methylene chloride and other halogenated solvents in waste oils; sulfuric acid; hydrochloric acid; nitric acid; chromic acid; sodium hydroxide and ether. To date EPA, has spent about $1.5 million at the site. Cleanup actions included the disposal off-site of:
    • 104,000 gallons of contaminated waste oil;
    • 140,000 gallons of contaminated wastewater;
    • 485 tons of contaminated sludge;
    • 45 drums of contaminated oil and process chemicals;
    • at least 200 small-volume laboratory chemicals;
    • 30 cubic yards of contaminated debris.
The National Oil Services Site is located at 16-20 Elm Street in West Haven, CT and is situated on the west shore of the West River, adjoining New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound. National Oil Services operated a waste oil storage, treatment, transfer, recycling and disposal facility from 1982 to 1997, at which point, after a number of years of attempting to bring the company into compliance, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection ordered operations to cease. The property owner evicted National Oil Services and its subsidiary business, Atlantic Environmental Laboratory. Prior to vacating, National Oil Services filed for bankruptcy.