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 Attleboro,  Massachusetts
 Bristol County
 Street Address: 78 North Avenue
 Zip Code: 02703

 EPA ID #: MAD001197755
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Site Description
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The Site at 78 North Avenue in Attleboro, MA houses a 13,500 square foot chromium plating facility formerly operated by Walton & Lonsbury, Inc (W&L). While in operation from 1940-2007, the Site was used to chrome-plate very large and/or long objects such as pistons for large hydraulic equipment or rollers for paper mills. For a time, copper plating operations also took place until the building was remodeled in the 1950s.

A number of chemicals and chemical compounds were used and left as waste in the operations process. From 1940-1970, all wastes generated from the facility discharged into the wetlands located on the southern portion of the property via an underground pipe. After 1970, W&L used a number of different waste disposal techniques that also had environmental consequences on the Site.

Contaminants of Concern on this Site include total chromium, hexavalent chromium, lead and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The chromium compounds resulted from the use of chromic acid to perform chrome plating in the plant. Lead is a contaminant of concern because it was used for a variety of operations in the plant including the making of plumbing pieces for the plating process.

Threats and Contaminants
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Cleanup Approach
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Response Action Status
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Environmental Progress
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Current Site Status
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Beginning on October 14, 2010, EPA will begin to clean-up this 2.7 acre property and to sample nearby properties to identify soil contamination linked to the Site. Those residential properties and adjacent wetlands identified as impacted will also be cleaned-up. This project will take an estimated 18-36 weeks.

When W&L abandoned the facility in 2007, they left everything behind. The first step in the clean-up is to empty the facility and then demolish it.
Other removal operations include:

    • Dismantling and removing the eight plating tanks on the property
    • Excavating the foundation and contaminated soils on Site
    • Clearing the wooded, wetland are south of the Site
    • Removing and/or treating contaminated soils
    • Restoring all impacted properties

EPA and its contractors will be working behind fencing constructed specifically for the project. While all work is being done, EPA will be monitoring the air quality on and around the Site. Work will be halted if EPA detects contamination in the air. EPA will also conduct soil sampling on the Site after removal actions to confirm the removal of contaminants.

Site Photos
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SDMS #470835 SDMS #470836

Links to Other Site Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

Site Repositories
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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

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EPA Remedial Project Manager: Daniel Keefe
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OSRR07-1
Boston, MA 02109-1367
Phone #: 617-918-1327
E-Mail Address: keefe.daniel@epa.gov


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