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Charles Batchelder Site

Charles Batchelder Site, Newtown, CT

The 30-acre Batchelder site, which is now inactive, holds the Charles Batchelder facility on the northern third of the property and Pine Swamp on the rest. About 20 piles of dross material sits on the northern section. Two large piles of the baghouse dust are inside of buildings. Charles Batchelder & Co., the owner, operated an on-site aluminum recycling/smelting facility between 1947 and 1987, when it went bankrupt.

When EPA began at the site, it appeared that people, including children, would congregate, play and ride bicycles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles at the site. The site presented an ongoing release of hazardous substances. Large dross and baghouse dust piles throughout the property and buildings contained hazardous substances. An analysis of 53 samples from the site detected PCBs, lead, arsenic, copper and cadmium in excess of state or federal standards for unrestricted residential use. During a site investigation April 9, 2012, 41 samples were taken from various piles and 12 soil samples were taken. They were all analyzed for metals, PCBs and volatile organic compounds (VOC) by EPA's laboratory. Clean up crews mobilized Oct. 31, 2012. About three tons of waste were removed on Feb. 14, 2013 and cleanup crews demobilized.

Location: Newtown, CT
EPA Mobilization Date*: 10/31/2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: 02/14/2013
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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