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Mohawk Tannery Site Fire

Mohawk Tannery Site, Nashua, NH

EPA and the N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services responded to a fire at the Mohawk Tannery Superfund site which took place over the weekend of Oct. 6-7, 2007. The two environmental agencies investigated the possibility of asbestos contamination resulting from the fire, and concluded that levels of asbestos present do not pose a human health risk. Analytical results of debris samples taken from properties downwind of the fire confirmed that asbestos was not present. Additionally four air samples were collected, of which only one detected a very low level of asbestos fibers. The levels detected do not pose a health risk and were well below the normal screening levels used by EPA and NH DES to evaluate a potential threat posed by asbestos fiber content in the ambient (open) air.

Location: Nashua, NH
Start date: 10/06/2007
End date: 10/07/2007
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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