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Former Remington Arms Plant Emergency Response

The Conn. Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) notified EPA about a fire at the former Remington Arms site, a collection of steel and brick structures in Bridgeport. The fire was in three buildings on the western side of the property. The state asked EPA to help with air monitoring and sampling because of concerns of asbestos containing materials in the 1.2 million square feet of buildings. CTDEEP asked for a site assessment to see if hazardous materials were present to warrant an EPA removal action. The site was unoccupied for decades and in serious disrepair, with vandalism and arson not unusual. There were many fires at this site, up to 21 over the prior 15 years that required a response from the Bridgeport Fire Department.

EPA's contractor did air monitoring for particulates, volatile organic compounds and asbestos. Contractors continued monitoring and sampling on a 24-hour basis while firefighters worked to suppress the fire and CTDEEP collected roofing materials found later to contain chrysotile asbestos fibers. The fire department could not completely extinguish the fire so CTDEEP hired a contractor to demolish portions of the building. CTDEEP also put down a sorbent boom at the Yellow River channel outfall, where fire water run-off was coming out. At the request of EPA, the US Coast Guard sent two people to determine whether the boom was enough to protect the river. The Coast Guard indicated the boom was enough. After EPA and CTDEEP found particulate levels moderately elevated at nearby residential areas, the city fire department canvassed the area and advised residents whether to evacuate. Several residents closest to the fire voluntarily evacuated. By the end of the day Sept. 3 demolition and fire suppression activities were over and EPA left the site. No asbestos fibers were detected in any of the air samples collected for asbestos analysis during the response. During the week of Sept. 6, the City of Bridgeport condemned many of the buildings on the property and razed the condemned buildings.

Location: 812 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport, Conn.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 08/28/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/08/2010
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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