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Barre Wool Site

Barre Wool Site, Barre, MA

In April 2006, EPA deemed this site a potential threat to public health and the environment posed by seven PCB-containing transformers that were being stored improperly on-site. In August 2007, under EPA supervision, the property owner removed the PCB-impacted wood and other debris around the former location of the transformers, cleaned the potentially PCB-impacted metal surfaces in the vicinity of the transformers, and collected additional clearance samples in that area. In addition, the property owner removed PCB-impacted wood around the former location of three transformers and placed the debris in a 20-yard roll-off container and shipped it to a licensed disposal facility. PCB impacted metal beams around former transformer locations were resampled, with results indicating a continued presence of contamination. As a result, the property owner removed the steel beams and shipped them to a licensed disposal facility. In November, the clean-up contractor shipped the container containing approximately 600 pounds of PCB-contaminated steel to a licensed disposal facility, and in January 2008, EPA completed work at the site.

Location: Barre, MA
EPA Mobilization: Aug. 3, 2006
EPA Demobilization: Jan. 29, 2008
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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