Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Milford Bike Path, Milford, MA
High concentrations of lead and other heavy metals were detected near surface soils to a maximum depth of about three feet and covered an area of approximately 160' by 55'. The clay-like material reportedly originated from industrial waste lagoons that the Bettenger Company, operated prior to 1974 on the abutting property (now the Benjamin Moore Co. facility) at 51-53 Summer Street. It is located on town municipal property and contains part of the Milford Upper Charles Trail (a bike path). The site is adjacent to Cedar Swamp Pond and is bordered on the north and south by other portions of the bike path, to the east Cedar Swamp Pond and its associated wetlands, and to the west by the Benjamin Moore Co. facility.
In January 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection asked EPA to consider a removal action here due to public health and environmental concerns from the high concentrations of heavy metals in the soils, including antimony, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, lithium, nickel and zinc. In January 2012, EPA completed excavation of the eastern and western areas of the bike path and backfilled the excavated areas to original grade. To insure that any remaining contaminated areas would not present a human health risk, EPA installed a geotech fabric over the excavated areas and used clean fill to establish previous original grade to provide a physical barrier. Topsoil, mixed grass seed and erosion control matting over the excavated areas was installed. Barrier fencing and equipment was removed temporarily while waiting for analysis of the soil pile prior to on-site treatment and disposal.
Location: Milford, MA
Start date: 12/02/2011
End date: 03/15/2012
Contact: Emily Zimmerman (email@example.com), Community Involvement Coordinator, 617-908-1037