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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Ottati and Goss/Great Lakes Container Corp.

Kingston, New Hampshire

Site Description
The 58-acre Ottati and Goss/Great Lakes Container Corp., site is a former steel drum recycling and reconditioning facility located approximately three miles south of the center of Kingston, NH. The facility’s operations took place from the late 1950s to 1980, and included rinsing drums and on-site rinse water disposal.  The ground water, surface water and soils are contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The on-site soil also contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), VOCs, semi-volatile organic compounds and metals.  Approximately 450 people live within a one-mile radius of the site, and an estimated 4,500 people live within three miles.  A marshy area, considered to be environmentally sensitive, lays down gradient of the site and had been partially contaminated with PCBs.  The Powwow River and Country Pond, which are located nearby, are used for swimming and fishing.  

Cleanup Activities to Date 
EPA added the site to the National Priorities List in 1983.  Initial actions taken at the site included the removal of approximately 12,800 tons of soil, drums and metals; 101,700 tons of flammable sludge; and 6,000 gallons of flammable liquid.  Long-term cleanup activities have included building demolition; removal of above-ground and underground storage tanks; the excavation  and on-site treatment of approximately 72,000 tons of PCB and VOC-contaminated soils; and the excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 9,500 tons of wetland sediment.  The cleanup of ground water to drinking water quality is being achieved through in-situ chemical oxidation.  The removal of contaminated soils, building and sediments has reduced the potential for exposure to contamination. These completed actions and other site cleanup activities continue to reduce site contamination levels, making the site safer while the ground water cleanup occurs.

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the $1.8 million in Recovery Act funds to support the next round of the ongoing in-situ chemical oxidation work. The first round of oxidant injections was performed in the summer of 2008, and the last round of oxidant injections is planned for 2010.

FY2011 highlights include:

  • Spring 2011 work to monitor the performance of the in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) injections was the last on-site activity to use Recovery Act funds. The remaining Recovery Act funds are being used to produce a final report for all of the ISCO work performed at the site.

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