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Agawam Sportsman's Club

Agawam Sportsman's Club, Agawam, MA

At the request of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in 2008, EPA investigated the abandoned site of the former Agawam Sportsman’s Club, which sits in a residential area. EPA took soil samples, reviewed existing soil data, and looked at information from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. EPA confirmed the presence of high levels of antimony, arsenic, and lead in surface soils and recommended a timely cleanup.

The site involves two parcels totaling about 6 acres. The main portion of the site is owned by Agawam Sportsman’s Club, which stopped operating about a decade earlier, with contamination extending east onto undeveloped land owned by the town. The land holds a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse building, a pond and an outdoor shooting range. Shooting range activity was most likely the cause of the contamination. The gun rack for the range was about 100 feet east of the building and it appears guns would have been fired toward the vacant town property to the east. The building appeared to be in poor condition and showed signs of unauthorized entry including graffiti, open doors, and broken windows.

EPA did a site walk in June 2009 and in July a contractor began excavating contaminated soils. A silt-fence was installed to keep surface soils from migrating. A soil stockpile area was maintained throughout the excavation process. By the end of August, about 49,375 square feet of soil had been cleared. By mid-October the soil had been removed for disposal and the area had been reseeded.

Location: Agawam, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: July 6, 2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: Oct. 15, 2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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