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Merrymeeting Road Drum Site

 
Site Contact:
Lina Takahashi
On-Scene Coordinator

(takahashi.lina@epa.gov)

Site Location:
64 Merrymeeting Road
New Durham, NH 03588
epaosc.org/MerrymeetingRoadDrum

According to the Site owner, a former tenant dumped twenty-one 55-gallon drums in April 2022 after being evicted from a recreational camper on the residential property. The property owner consulted an environmental contractor and contacted the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Spill Response and Complaint Investigation Section. Additionally, the homeowner called the New Durham Police Department on May 10, 2022 and a police officer was dispatched to the property.

 On May 12, 2022, NHDES visited the Site and assessed and stabilized the drums.

 EPA received a referral on June 9th, 2022, from NHDES requesting assistance assessing and addressing the abandoned drums on the residential property.

 On July 22, 2022, EPA conducted a site walk with NHDES and the property owner. During the site visit, EPA noted several threats to human health and the environment posed by the twenty-one abandoned drums.  Specifically, the compromised drums are 100 feet away from a water source that impacts nearby drinking wells and ecologically sensitive environments; are fifty feet away from the road and are visible, unsecured, and susceptible to tampering; and are vulnerable to extreme changes in weather due to their damaged condition.

 

The Administrative Record -- Collection 67243 -- is available for review online at:

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Locations to access the online Administrative Record include:

  • U.S. EPA SEMS Records and Information Center, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA, 02109-3912, (617) 918-1440, by appointment.
  • New Durham Public Library, 2 Old Bay Road, New Durham, NH 03855, (603) 859-2201, https://newdurhamlibrary.org.