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CLEAN UP TO BEGIN AT FORMER FURNITURE PAINT STRIPPING FACILITY

Release Date: 11/01/2001
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, EPA Community Affairs Office, (617) 918-1064

Boston - Under an EPA order, the property owners of a 5-acre parcel located at 6 Coleman Road in Southampton, MA, hired an environmental contractor to remove hazardous substances found at the site. The property had been used from the early 1970s to 1987 for furniture paint stripping operations under the name Mr. Stripper.

The site consists of a wood storage barn and a residence, and is located in a residential neighborhood. EPA identified six abandoned waste storage drums in poor condition. Also on site are several small containers of furniture stripping products. Samples revealed the presence of methylene chloride, pentachlorophenol, and toluene, posing a risk to the environment should the materials leak

EPA will monitor the removal activities at the site which begin next week. Workers at the site will be dressed in impermeable, white tyvek suits to protect themselves from spills or leaks while removing the drums and containers from the site. All hazardous substances and wastes will be transported to an disposed at licensed facility. Work should be complete within two weeks.