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WYRE WYND

Jewett City,  Connecticut
New London County
Street Address: 77 Anthony Street
Zip Code: 06351
Congressional
District(s):

02
EPA ID #: CTD002590461
Site ID #:
Site Alias: SOUTHWIRE COMPANY, LIVE WIRE, GLOBAL WIRE, SUMMIT HYDROPOWER
Environmental Indicators Status: Current Human Exposures Under Control = YES, Groundwater Release Under Control = YES


Description
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The Wyre Wynd site is a 62-acre property in the Borough of Jewett City, which is a part of the Town of Griswold. The site includes three parcels: 1) landfill parcel: a closed ash landfill; 2) manufacturing parcel: a former wire manufacturing facility; and, 3) hydro parcel: an active hydroelectric plant. The site was originally owned and operated by Aspinook Mills, a textile manufacturer, from approximately 1893 to 1964. Aspinook Mills operated two coal-fired boilers and disposed of the coal ash on the landfill parcel. Southwire Company purchased the site in 1970 and manufactured wire products on the site through 1996. Southwire sold the manufacturing parcel to Live Wire, Inc. in 1996 and the hydro parcel to Summit Hydropower, Inc. in 1997. Southwire has retained ownership of the landfill parcel and in 1997 recorded a conservation easement for the property on the Griswold land records to maintain it in its natural, open condition.


Southwire has retained responsibility for investigating and remediating the entire site under Connecticut’s Property Transfer Act and Voluntary Remediation Program and has worked simultaneously to meet RCRA Corrective Action requirements at the site. Since 1995, Southwire has completed numerous soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater investigations throughout the Site to identify and characterize potentially impacted areas. The majority of the impacts at the Site are related to past disposal of coal ash and placement of debris from previous site demolition activities and structure fires. Southwire has also performed various soil cleanup activities, including the excavation and removal of over 6,000 cubic yards soils impacted with arsenic and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the removal of 5 underground storage tanks (USTs).


Current Status
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In August 2011, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) finalized Southwire's site-wide cleanup plan for the Wyre Wynd site. CT DEEP's decision on the cleanup plan followed a 45-day public comment period during which a fact sheet on the plan was mailed to neighbors and local officials; relevant documents were made available in the local public library; a public notice was run in the local paper; and a public informational meeting was held.

In September 2011, Southwire completed the field implementation of the cleanup plan, which included the following activities on the landfill parcel:

    • Placement of two feet of clean soil over 4 acres of soil impacted with arsenic and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) likely from coal ash from the former Aspinook Mill;
    • Removal and off-site disposal of plating sludge-like material;
    • Removal and off-site disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)- impacted soil likely from the residue of fluorescent light ballasts contained in past demolition/structure fire debris; and
    • Placement of clean soil over existing areas where exposed coal ash is visibly present.
Under the cleanup plan, Southwire will also record an Environmental Land Use Restriction (ELUR) on the landfill, manufacturing, and hydro parcels to limit disturbance of subsurface soil in certain areas and prevent future residential development.


Photos
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RDMS 109268

Links to Other Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

Current Human Exposures Under Control Environmental Indicator Determination, 03/26/2002   
Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control Environmental Indicator Determination, 03/18/2002   
EPA Corrective Action Website  
EPA - RCRA Cleanup Enforcement Authorities Website  
Fact Sheet: Proposed Restoration Plan, 06/13/2011 (481 KB)  

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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Stephanie Carr
EPA Project Manager
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #:617-918-1363
E-Mail Address:carr.stephanie@epa.gov

Mark Lewis
State Contact
Address:Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone #:860-424-3768
E-Mail Address:

Paul Sims
Facility Contact
Address:Southwire Co
1 Southwire Drive
Carrolton, GA 30119
Phone #:770-832-4679
E-Mail Address:

 


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