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GLOUCESTER TOWN LANDFILL

GLOCESTER,  Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE County
Street Address: CHESTNUT HILL ROAD
Zip Code: 02814
Congressional
District(s):

02
EPA ID #: RID981064611
Site ID #: 0101352
Site Alias:


Description
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The Glocester Town Dump (GTD) property is located off Chestnut Hill Road in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island. The 31-acre property is identified on the Town of Glocester Tax Assessor’s Plat No. 10 as Lot Nos. 129 and 130. The property, currently owned by the Town of Glocester, is occupied by an inactive, 9-acre landfill; a solid waste transfer station; and an animal shelter. The rest of the property consists of wetlands and woodlands. The property is bordered to the south by Chestnut Hill Road; to the southeast by residential properties; and to the west, north, and east by wetlands and woodlands. Smith and Sayles Reservoir is located across Chestnut Hill Road from the property.


Reportedly, the property was originally a marsh or floodplain. The Town of Glocester operated a landfill on the property from 1964 to 1979. The landfill accepted household, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and institutional wastes. The facility was cited for violations of solid waste regulations including lack of daily cover and encroachment of wetlands. In 1979, a transfer station was constructed on the property, and landfill operations ceased. Since 1979, items that have been dumped on the property have been limited to tree cuttings, brush, and building materials. Previous investigations of the property include a Preliminary Assessment (PA) completed in 1987, a Site Inspection (SI) completed in 1990, and a Site Inspection Prioritization (SIP) completed in 1996. No known subsurface/source samples have been collected from the property. Analytical results of surface soil/source samples collected from the property indicated the presence of mercury, lead, phthalates (plasticisers), and pesticides such as dieldrin.

Approximately 8,480 people are served by public and private drinking water supply wells located within 4-radial miles of the property. The landfill is located in a wellhead protection area for two public water supply wells, serving 50 people, that are located 0.25 mile northeast of the property. The residences abutting the property to the southeast are served by private drinking water supply wells. Groundwater likely flows north to northeast. Depth to groundwater is unknown. Analytical results of groundwater samples collected from on-site monitoring wells located northeast of the landfill between 1980 and 1988 indicated the presence of arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and silver that may be attributable to the landfill. Analytical results of drinking water samples collected from nearby private wells in 1995 indicated the presence of arsenic, vanadium, manganese, and sodium. Based on the analytical results, nearby groundwater drinking water sources appeared to have been impacted; however, levels of contaminants detected in drinking water samples collected from the nearby private wells are below the federal Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).

Stormwater runoff from the inactive landfill flows north or west to wetlands on or abutting the property that drain to Chepachet River. Additional surface water bodies located within 15-downstream miles of the property include Branch River, a section of which is a dammed reservoir, and Blackstone River. No surface water intakes are located downstream of the property. Chepachet is a presumed fishery based on the presence of fishing line wrapped around a tree limb. A Clean Water Act (CWA)-protected water body, 5.3 miles of wetland frontage, and a State-listed endangered or threatened species habitat are located within 15-downstream miles of the property. Analytical results of sediment samples collected in 1995 from on-site wetlands indicated the presence of several pesticides; Aroclor-1254; and metals such as barium, copper, lead, manganese, and zinc. Analytical results of sediment samples collected in 1995 from Chepachet River wetlands indicated the presence of acetone; phthalates; pesticides; metals such as copper, iron, and zinc; and a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Based on analytical results, a CWA-protected water body and wetlands appears to have been impacted.

There are six on-site workers. Approximately 557 people reside within 1-radial mile of the property. The nearest residences abut the property to the southeast. Pedestrian access to the property is unrestricted. Analytical results of surface soil samples collected from the property in 1995 indicated the presence of phthalates, lead, mercury, and pesticides. Potential impacts to nearby residential population and on-site workers are unknown.

Approximately 11,450 people and two state-listed endangered or threatened species habitats occur within 4-radial miles of the property. No laboratory qualitative air samples have been collected from the property. Potential impacts to nearby residential population and on-site workers are unknown.


Current Status
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The last known investigation or remedial action at the property is the SIP completed in 1996.


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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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Nancy Smith
Site Assessment Manager
Address: One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (HBS)
Boston, MA 02114-2023
Phone #:617-918-1436
E-Mail Address:smith.nancya@epa.gov

 


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