Fay Street Site

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Lowell, MA - EPA Region I
POLREP #6
Final
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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
POLLUTION/SITUATION REPORT
Fay Street Site - Removal Polrep
Final Removal Polrep

EPA Emergency Response

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Region I

Subject: POLREP #6
Final
Fay Street Site

Lowell, MA
Latitude: 42.6233265 Longitude: -71.3042681


To:
From: Elsbeth Hearn, OSC - Environmental Engineer
Date: 12/4/2015
Reporting Period: 8/22/2015 - 12/04/2015

1. Introduction
  1.1 Background
   
Site Number: 01LH    Contract Number: EP-W-08-061 TO #0062
D.O. Number:      Action Memo Date: 6/2/2015
Response Authority: CERCLA    Response Type: Time-Critical
Response Lead: EPA    Incident Category: Removal Action
NPL Status: Non NPL    Operable Unit:
Mobilization Date: 7/17/2014    Start Date: 7/17/2014
Demob Date: 11/13/2015    Completion Date: 11/14/2015
CERCLIS ID: MAN000106163    RCRIS ID:
ERNS No.:    State Notification:
FPN#:    Reimbursable Account #:

1.1.1 Incident Category

Time-Critical Removal Action

1.1.2 Site Description

Refer to the Initial Polrep for additional information about Site Description.

The site is comprised of three residential parcels surrounding 86 Fay Street. These three lots consist of the Swede Village Condominium Complex (106 Lundburg Street), a single family residence (74 Fay Street), and an empty lot that is owned by the same owner of the single family residence (78 Fay Street).  The site extends into the O'Donnell Park property to the north of 86 Fay Street.

1.1.2.1 Location

The Site is located at properties along Fay Street and Lundburg Street in Lowell, MA. 


1.1.2.2 Description of Threat

Refer to the Initial Polrep for more detailed information on the description of threat.

From the 1800s through the early 1900s, areas of the site were reportedly utilized as a dumping ground for ash from the Middlesex North Agricultural Fairgrounds.  Heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, and polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are present in the ash, posing a threat to the local population.


1.1.3 Preliminary Removal Assessment/Removal Site Inspection Results

See Polrep #1,2, 3, and 4 for information regarding previous response actions at this site.

EPA has conducted removal assessment events in July 2013, June 2014, July 2014, and an assessment of the O'Donnell Park field in April 2015 to determine the extent of contamination at the Site.  The April 2015 sampling investigation revealed contamination extending into the school property at O'Donnell Park and an Action Memo was approved for further removal actions at this location.




2. Current Activities
  2.1 Operations Section
    2.1.1 Narrative

See Polrep # 1-5 for information regarding previous actions at this site.

ERRS remobilized to the Fay Street Site on July 13, 2015 to begin removal activities on a portion of the O'Donnell Park property (a continuation of the Fay Street Site removal, but a new phase of the clean-up).  EPA is working with the START contractor's engineering service to finalize a grading sketch for the property.  This sketch, along with a rain garden designed by the Rain Garden Team (EPA personnel from OEP and OSRR), was implemented in the field to minimize erosion and flooding concerns on the property in addition to minimizing contaminated soil T&D costs.

 


2.1.2 Response Actions to Date

See Polrep #1-5 for information regarding previous response actions at this site.

EPA has conducted removal assessment events in July 2013, June 2014, July 2014, and an assessment of the O'Donnell Park field in April 2015 to determine the extent of contamination at the Site.  The April 2015 sampling investigation revealed contamination extending into the school property at O'Donnell Park & an Action Memo was approved for further removal actions at this location.


The following activities have been completed since the Polrep 5 was released:
  • Mitigation of contamination at the site by EPA ERRS and START contractors;
  • Installation of a 20'x40' rain garden;
  • Transportation and disposal of 2,041 tons of contaminated soil, of which approximately 1,400 tons were recycled as daily cover for a landfill;
  • Construction of 3-foot permeable cap on excavated area;
  • Collection of samples for extent of removal activities and T&D activities;
  • Implementation of dust suppression throughout removal activities;
  • Collection of dust monitoring results through VIPER telemetry system;
  • Restoration of site including trees (trees provided as in-kind service from the City of Lowell), hydro-seeding, rain garden plants, installation of fences, and drainage.
  •  Demobilization of ERRS contractor on 11/13/2015

2.1.3 Enforcement Activities, Identity of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)

Access agreements have been distributed to all impacted parties.  

Enforcement activities are ongoing.

2.1.4 Progress Metrics

   
Waste Stream Medium Quantity Bill of Lading/Manifest # Treatment Disposal

 Contaminated Soil (non Haz) (Aug 2015

 Soil  1409.48  tons   Recycled for daily cover at landfill  101 Fitchburg Road, Westminster, MA 01473

 Contaminated Soil (Haz) (Sept 2015)

 Soil

 499.53

Manifest #s

343570-343585,

 None  Waste Management NH, 97 Rochester Neck Road, Gonic, NH 03839
 Contaminated Soil (Haz) (Sept 2015)  Soil  133.42 Manifest #s 343601-343604  None  Waste Management NH, 97 Rochester Neck Road, Gonic, NH 03839

 

 

Waste Stream Medium Quantity Bill of Lading # Treatment Disposal
 Contaminated Soil - Non Hazardous May 2015  Soil  162.23 (5 truck loads)  493543NH  None  Waste Management of New Hampshire (Turnkey)
90 Rochester Neck Road,
Rochester, NH 03839
 Contaminated Soil- Non Hazardous (Oct 2014)  Soil  2,677 tons  101721MA  Recycled for landfill daily cover  Route 31 Fitchburg Road
 Westminster, MA 01473
 Wood debris  Wood  (1) 40 yard Roll off  N/A  Chip for industrial use  
 Contaminated Waste  PPE & Site Waste  1.57 tons  104296MA  None  Route 31 Fitchburg Road
Westminster, MA 01473


  2.2 Planning Section
   

2.2.1 Anticipated Activities

None. All removal activities are complete.

2.2.1.1 Planned Response Activities

None. All removal activities are complete.

2.2.1.2 Next Steps

None. All removal activities are complete.

2.2.2 Issues

Dust Control Issues:

EPA continuously monitored for contaminated dust and employed dust control measures to ensure that no contamination left the site. Up to four (4) DataRAMs were deployed surrounding excavation operations and the EPA VIPER system was used to continuously monitor for dust. Dust monitoring operation concentrations were developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  

 

  2.3 Logistics Section
    N/A

  2.4 Finance Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.5 Other Command Staff
    2.5.1 Safety Officer

The Site Safety Officer is the on-site OSC.

Daily safety meetings are conducted before commencement of work.

2.5.2 Liaison Officer

On-Scene Coordinator is working with coordinating agencies as necessary.

2.5.3 Information Officer

Community outreach was on-going through the removal action. The On-Scene Coordinator, in conjunction with the Community Involvement Coordinator, were available to answer any community concerns. The community was aware that the EPA Command Post was open for community members to have their questions answered by the EPA OSC, and contact information for all agencies was made widely available. 

3. Participating Entities
  3.1 Unified Command
N/A

3.2 Cooperating Agencies

  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • The City of Lowell


  • 4. Personnel On Site
     
    Personnel on-Site:

    One (1) EPA OSC
    One (1) START
    One to Five (1-5) ERRS


    5. Definition of Terms
     
    EPA = U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    MassDEP = Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    MA DPH = Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    ATSDR = Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    START = Superfund Technical Assistance Response Team (EPA Contractor)
    ERRS = Emergency & Rapid Response Services (EPA Contractor)
    PAH = Polycyclic Aromatic COmpounds
    bgs = Below ground surface


    6. Additional sources of information
      6.1 Internet location of additional information/report

    www.epasoc.org/faystreet

    6.2 Reporting Schedule

    No additional Polreps will be distributed. 

    7. Situational Reference Materials
      No information available at this time.