Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Guay's Garage Site, Franklin, NH
At the request of the NH Department of Environmental Services, EPA performed a site inspection on Dec. 20, 2010 at the site of a former gas station and car repair shop at 601 South Main St. in Franklin, NH. EPA observed approximately 20 drums outside the building, several of which were labeled "waste oil" or "waste solvent" and which were actively leaking or bulging. After consultations with NH DES, Franklin fire officials and the town manager, EPA concluded an emergency cleanup was necessary to protect the public health and reduce the environmental threat from the leaking drums. The decision was based on the potential for a fire involving the drums that could create a plume forcing road closures and evacuations. The site is about 800 feet from the Merrimack River and is bordered by homes, an industrial park and businesses. EPA and its contractors initiated an emergency removal action Dec. 21, consisting of over packing the drums and containers from both inside and outside the building. About 60 over packed drums containing flammable liquids and solids; used oils; and, waste paint were staged inside in the garage bays. The next day, EPA's contactor sampled the over packs to develop disposal options for the material. EPA secured the building with additional locks and signs. The City of Franklin agreed to patrol periodically to building and drums were secure until the material was shipped out. The wastes were shipped off site Jan. 31, 2011.
Location: 601 South Main St., Franklin, NH
Start date: 12/20/2010
End date: 01/31/2011
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