The Site is defined as the point of release and
where hazardous substances have come to be located, thus it includes a former gun
range (the point of release) – the Source Property – and the impacted abutting
properties where contamination has come to rest, the Groton Senior Center and a
private residence. Located at 159 West Main Street, in Groton, Middlesex
County, Massachusetts, the Source Property consists of a 7.09-acre parcel of
land identified by the Groton Assessor’s Office on Tax Map 106 as Lot 33-0.
The Source Property contains forest, wetland, a pond, a segment
of Wrangling Brook, as well as a vacant 1,466-square-foot single-story building
and northeast of it, the former outdoor shooting range. The Source Property is
bordered by the Groton Senior Center to the north and northeast; forested and
wetland areas to the west and southwest; and by West Main Street and residential
properties to the south, southeast, and east.
The Source Property formerly operated as the
Squannacook Sportsmans Club from July 1959 until October 2002 and included outdoor
and indoor shooting ranges. The indoor shooting range was located in a 1,466-square
foot single-story building, which still stands. The Site also includes the
adjacent Groton Senior Center and a residential property.
May 6, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
referred the Site to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on
the sampling and analysis from an assessment that was performed by the Town of
Groton in 2021 under an EPA Brownfields Assessment grant, the Licensed Site Professional
(LSP) indicated there was an increased presence of lead in surface soil (0 – 1 foot