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Peabody Street Asbestos Site

Peabody Street Asbestos Site, Salem, Mass.

Asbestos was discovered by the City of Salem during construction of a park downtown area. Construction was immediately stopped, polyethylene sheeting was installed over exposed soil, and warning signs were posted. After the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection asked for help, EPA reviewed data from samples of soil that had been collected. Five surface soil samples and three near surface soil samples had between two and five percent chrysotile or amosite asbestos. Two other samples suspected to contain asbestos were found to contain 60 percent chrysotile asbestos. EPA assistance was requested and excavation work began in late June, 2009. During the summer, about 2000 tons of contaminated soil, 800 tons more than the originally thought to be present, were excavated from depths of one to three and one-half feet, in keeping with state regulations. At some spots, the depth was modified when workers reached concrete foundations. Excavated areas were filled with clean soil from off site. Stockpiled soil was put on land adjacent to the site and covered with plastic as a temporary measure to prevent the migration of asbestos. The soil was removed in late summer in 93 truckloads bound for a landfill in New Hampshire.

Location: Salem, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: May 28, 2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: Nov. 3, 2009
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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