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Winthrop Street Drum Site

Winthrop Street Drum Site, 9 Martin St., Maynard, Mass.

A trustee of the Barbara Gustafson Trust reported on Aug. 31, 2009, that drums were buried at properties owned by the Trust at 2357 Winthrop St. and 1952 Wheeler St. EPA and its contractors found indications of metals at three pit excavations during a site investigation Sept. 17 and 18. Drums were found in the pits containing liquids, solids or sludge. An analysis of 10 samples indicated volatile organic compounds, or VOCS, as well as inorganics and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. About 700 drums were thought to be buried at four locations in the middle of the 89-acre former farm and pasture land. On Sept. 28, 2009, EPA recommended an immediate cleanup. The Barbara Gustafson Trust, Zeneca Inc., and Waste Management Disposal Services of Massachusetts, identified as the potentially responsible parties, agreed in May 2010 to do the cleanup.

In Sept. 2010, equipment was brought to the site, brush cleared and staging set up. Over the next year, about 6,390 tons of contaminated soil and 96,000 gallons of contaminated liquids mixed with solids were removed and property was restored with re-grading and seeding. Another 7,500 gallons of rainwater and groundwater were treated and released. EPA left the site on Sept. 27, 2011. After reviewing the final report, EPA sent a letter on Nov. 11 notifying the potentially responsible parties that they had completed the agreed-upon work.

Location: 2357 Winthrop St. and 1952 Wheeler St, North Dighton, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: Sept. 13, 2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: Nov. 11, 2011
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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