| Site Type: Long Term/National Priorities List (NPL) |
CHESHIRE GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION
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| Cheshire,  Connecticut|
| New Haven County
| Street Address: ||604 WEST JOHNSON AVENUE |
| Zip Code: || 06410 |
| Congressional |
| EPA ID #: ||CTD981067317 |
| Site ID #: ||0100265 |
| Site Aliases: ||Cheshire Associates Property|
| Site Responsibility: ||State |
| NPL LISTING HISTORY |
| Proposed Date ||06/24/1988|
| Final Date ||08/30/1990 |
|  Deleted Date ||07/02/1997 |
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The 15-acre Cheshire Ground Water Contamination site in Cheshire has been leased by a number of tenants who have conducted various manufacturing processes. A major portion of the site was owned by Cheshire Associates, a New York-based partnership, from 1966 to 1984. The Lembo-Feinerman Cheshire Trust is the current property owner. The company leased the property to Valley National Corporation from 1966 to 1979 and to Cheshire Molding Co. from 1979 to 1980. Both companies manufactured plastic molding at the site; neither kept records of disposal practices or waste quantities. Airpax Corporation Plant 2, a manufacturer of electromechanical and electronic devices, leased the property from 1983 to 1995, and disposed of its wastes in accordance with State regulations. The wastes of principal concern at the site include organic chemicals and solvents. The area is residential and industrial. Approximately 330 people living within 1 mile of the site use private wells for drinking water. Cheshire municipal wells, serving 22,900 people, lie 2 miles southeast of the site.
Threats and Contaminants
The groundwater is contaminated with VOCs from the organic chemicals and solvents formerly used at the site. On-site shallow and off-site bedrock wells are polluted with VOCs, including trichloroethane, dichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and xylenes. VOCs contaminating the soil also include trichloroethane, dichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene.
The site was addressed under an initial action (soil removal). No further cleanup was required.
Response Action Status
|Initial Action ||In October 1983, in compliance with a State Consent Order, Cheshire Associates removed 20 cubic yards of contaminated soil to an EPA-regulated landfill. Municipal water supplies have been provided to the residences that had contaminated wells. |
|Entire Site ||In 1994, EPA began an investigation into the nature and extent of site contamination. The investigation concluded in 1996 that the low levels of contamination present pose no unacceptable threat to public health or the environment. The EPA proposed that no further cleanup under Superfund is needed and documented the decision in a Record of Decision (ROD) in December 1996. The site was deleted from the National Priorities List (NPL) on July 2, 1997. |
|Enforcement Highlights||In 1983, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection signed a Consent Order with Cheshire Associates requiring the company to remove contaminated on-site soil and to monitor VOCs in the two private wells for five years. |
The removal of contaminated soil and the provision of a safe drinking water supply have reduced the potential for exposure to contaminated drinking water at the Cheshire Ground Water Contamination site.
Current Site Status
This site was delegated a State lead project since EPA deleted it from the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1997. No further remedial measures are required by EPA.
Links to Other Site Information
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Federal Register Notices:
Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410
OSRR Records and Information Center, 1st Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (HSC), Boston, MA 02109-3912 (617) 918-1440
|EPA Remedial Project Manager: ||Leslie McVickar |
|Address: ||US Environmental Protection Agency|
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OSRR07-4
Boston, MA 02109 - 3912
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|State Agency Contact: ||David Ringquist |
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