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AUTO BATTERY AND ELECTRIC COMPANY

NEW LONDON,  Connecticut
NEW LONDON County
Street Address: 95, 97 AND 101 TRUMAN STREET
Zip Code: 06320
Congressional
District(s):

02
EPA ID #: CTN000103144
Site ID #: 0103144
Site Alias:


Description
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The Auto Battery and Electric Site (site) is located at 95 to 103 Truman Street in New London, New London County, Connecticut. The 95 Truman Street property (main site property) is approximately .26 acres and was used by an auto parts and battery shop from 1965 to 1968. From 1968 through the mid 1980's, the main site property was used by an auto body shop. Since 1986, the main site property has been occupied by a small home remodeling business. Paint and battery waste are believed to have been disposed of on and/or near the main Site property. The remodeling business occupies a large one-floor building and a paved parking area and employs ten workers. In the paved parking area, there is a fill pipe outlet which indicates that an underground storage tank may be present. There are three residential properties adjacent to the remodeling business affected by the disposal of wastes which covers approximately 0.13 acres. Each of the three residential properties are 150-year old multi-story buildings with two-family apartments. Each building is constructed on the original mixed granite/stone foundation. The deck of one residential property is suspected to have been built on top of the waste disposal area. The properties are separated by a 4-foot step terrace. The commercial property/contaminant source is located up-gradient of the three residential properties. Waste materials could potentially have been washed from the upper terrace to the lower terrace. The site is in a densely populated mixed residential/commercial area bounded by Truman Street to the west, and residential properties to the north, south and east.


On September 21, 2000, the City of New London’s Office of Development and Planning referred the site to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program after a resident of the site reported a petroleum odor and distinctive soil coloring while working on her garden. Subsequently, the site was referred to EPA’s Removal Program for investigation.

In December 2000, EPA conducted a preliminary assessment/site investigation. Miscellaneous metal debris and multi-colored stains were observed at and/or near a small section of rock retaining wall located between the commercial and residential properties. Sampling results revealed lead concentrations in surface soil up to 7,900 parts per million. Other hazardous substances identified were: volatile organic compounds and heavy metals including cadmium, chromium and mercury.

On August 8, 2001, EPA initiated a time critical removal action at the site.


Current Status
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A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 8/8/01.

EPA has conducted an extent-of-contamination study, topographical (land and aerial) survey to delineate property boundaries for further removal planning. Due to the age and the conditions of the homes and the proximity of the excavation to the foundations, a structural evaluation of the foundations of the building, homes and retaining wall was performed to ascertain that the structural integrity of the foundations of the nearby building, homes, and retaining wall will not be affected by the excavation.


Photos
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contamination in residential yards prior to cleanup.

Links to Other Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF



Public Record Locations
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OSRR Records and Information Center, 1st Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (HSC), Boston, MA 02109-3912 (617) 918-1440

Contacts
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JANIS TSANG
On-Scene Coordinator
Address: One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (HBR)
Boston, MA 02114-2023
Phone #:617-918-1231
E-Mail Address:tsang.janis@epa.gov

 


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