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Kenyon Piece Landfill: Charlestown, RI

The Kenyon Piece Landfill site off Sand Plain Road near the intersection of Sand Plain Road and County Trail in Charlestown, RI, consists of a 62-acre, L-shaped parcel of land. The former solid waste landfill, focus of this removal action, is about 2.5 acres and roughly square-shaped. Hazardous substances were present in surface soils, groundwater, buried drums and contaminated soils surrounding the drums. Confirmation of these buried drums was verified by EPA during an assessment and site inspection. The highest concentrations were found in and around the buried drums. Access to the site was unrestricted, and there were numerous paths throughout indicative of all terrain vehicle use. Remaining portions of the site are primarily wooded. As the removal action progressed after its start on Aug. 4, 2008, the size of the exclusion zone increased. Trenches were dug which led into the trees south, east, and slightly west of the initial zone. Thus, the seven test pits identified by MACTEC Engineering and Consulting significantly underestimated the extent of the area where buried drums and containers would be found. The buried drums were removed from the site and a three-foot cap of clean fill was built over the landfill.

Location: Charlestown, RI
Start date: 08/04/2008
End date: 06/05/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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