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Assabet River Oil Sheen

A growing sheen on the Assabet River in Maynard was first reported to EPA the afternoon of Aug. 20, 2009, by the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection. The source appeared to be a 36-inch diameter storm drain at 20 Powder Mill Road. Maynard Fire Department initially tried to control the sheen with a boom, but did not have enough equipment. DEP contacted a cleanup contractor and requested EPA's help. By the time EPA arrived, a sorbent boom had been put in the river and only a small sheen remained. An oil/water separator at a Jiffy Lube across the street was discharging to the storm sewer and was most likely the cause of the sheen. When the separator was shut off, the oil discharge stopped. Jiffy Lube managed the cleanup with oversight by Mass DEP.

Location: Maynard, MA
Start date: 08/20/2009
End date: 08/20/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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