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EPA PROPOSES CONNECTICUT SITE TO SUPERFUND

Release Date: 12/01/2000
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, EPA Community Affairs Office, 617.918.1064

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the Broad Brook Mill site in East Windsor, Connecticut, to the National Priorities List (NPL), commonly known as the Superfund. The Superfund is EPA's list of the country's hazardous waste sites that have been identified for possible long-term cleanup by the federal government. Superfund makes public funds available to clean up toxic waste sites when private financing is unavailable.

Located at 110-112 Main Street and 1-21 Brookside Drive, the site includes a 21 unit condominium complex, a commercial office building, a commercial retail strip mall, and a vacant powerhouse building. Surface soils are contaminated with metals and semi-volatile organic compounds. In 1988, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommended that children not play in areas where soils have been identified as contaminated.

Over a 200 year industrial history, the former mill buildings have been used for a variety of operations including a grist mill, saw mill, a tannery, a wool manufacturer, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards, a machine shop, and for storage. Some of the former mill buildings were destroyed in a 1986 fire. The surviving mill building was later converted into residential units.

There is a 60-day public comment period on the listing. Comments must be postmarked on or before the last day of the comment period, January 29, 2001 and sent to EPA:

By postal mail - send original and three copies of comments (no facsimiles or tapes) to Docket Coordinator, Headquarters; US EPA; CERCLA Docket Office; (Mail Code 5201G); 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington DC 20460

By Express Mail or Courier - send original and three copies of comments (no facsimiles or tapes) to Docket Coordinator, Headquarters; US EPA; CERCLA Docket Office; 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway; Crystal Gateway #1; First Floor; Arlington, VA 22202

By E-mail - Comments in ASCII format only may be mailed directly to superfund.docket@epa.gov. E-mailed comments must be followed up by an original and three copies sent by mail or express mail.