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GW Foundry Emergency Response

GW Foundry Emergency Response, Rehoboth, MA

At 8:55 am May 4, 2011, EPA got a call from the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection about a three-alarm fire at the GW Foundry at 128 Bay State Road in Rehoboth. Explosions were reported at the facility at 8 am.

EPA and contractors arrived about 10:30 am and state and local responders were on site. As of noon, the main fire had been extinguished, though hot spots and smoldering areas remained. The building had been nearly completely consumed. Chemicals involved were sulfuric acid, alcohol mixture with toluene, and a furan resin. The fire had started when incompatible chemicals were accidentally mixed due to residual liquids in a mixing container Eleven employees evacuated the facility, just minutes before the explosion. There were no injuries.

An adjacent brook received some runoff, but a low berm was constructed to contain the water. Most runoff was contained within the building footprint. GW Foundry hired a contractor to help with cleanup. DEP’s mobile laboratory was set up to screen air and water samples. Only background levels of VOCs were detected; run-off water was found to contain only very low levels of VOCs and moderately elevated pH.

An excavator created a berm around the building to contain any additional run-off water, and to knock down the remaining walls of the building. EPA, state emergency responders and mutual aid fire companies left the scene, while Rehoboth Fire remained to manage hot spots or flare ups. DEP monitored the cleanup.

Location: Rehoboth, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 05/04/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 05/04/2011
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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