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Park Street Site Near Jard Company

Park Street Site Near Jard Company, Bennington, VT

At the request of the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), EPA in April 2012 investigated contamination the Little League baseball fields, two residential properties and an adjacent wetland near the JARD Company site. JARD was a capacitor and transformer manufacturing facility from 1969 to 1986. PCB's were found in soil samples at the Little League fields, in the basement sumps and floor sweepings of both homes, in a pond at one of the home and in the wetlands. Contamination to soils and surface waters probably came from PCBs in the groundwater due to infiltration into residential basements through inactive wells and other openings, and subsequent drainage via sumps and outfall pipes into yards and retention ponds.

A cleanup was approved July 24, 2012. The VT Dept. of Public Health, VTDEC and EPA collaborated early in August to collect air samples at the home with the highest concentrations of PCBs. EPA determined there was not at a level of concern with air samples. Based on a Sept. 12 site walk and discussion with DEC, EPA decided to do the cleanup in two phases – first focusing on removal and decontamination in the basements, and then installing engineering controls to prevent recontamination through groundwater infiltration in the basements.

Cleanup crews arrived Sept. 17 and finished removing PCB contamination in the two affected basements by Sept. 26. Contractors also prepared the basements for installation of a system to minimize groundwater infiltration. Crews returned March 25 and stayed till March 29 to put in these engineering controls. After the basements were cleaned and debris removed, a subcontractor installed internal waterproofing systems. On March 27, contractors disposed of five drums of PCB-contaminated debris and floor sweepings. On July 12, 2013 EPA and its contractors left the site.

Location: Bennington, VT
EPA Mobilization Date*: Sept. 17, 2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: July 12, 2013
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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