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TAUNTON,  Massachusetts
Bristol County
Street Address: Oak Street
Zip Code: 02780

EPA ID #: MAN000103169
Site ID #: 01AB
Site Alias:

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The site is located on Oak Street, and is identified as parcel 2937-017 035-0039 on the city of Taunton Tax Maps. The coordinates for the site are approximately 41E53' 40" N latitude, 71E06' 50" W longitude. The site is located within a residential neighborhood and is abutted by a public housing complex to the west, Oak Street and an elderly housing complex to the south, private single-family homes to the east, and vacant lots and single-family homes to the north. An elementary school is located within 1/4 mile to the east. The site is a vacant lot measuring approximately 1 acre. The site was used for the disposal of solid waste until approximately the late 1980s. Fill, construction debris, asphalt, scrap metal, and drums were disposed of at the site in an undocumented manner. Along the northern border of the site, the grade steeply drops approximately 30 feet down to an undisturbed wooded area. Erosion gullies on this slope have exposed buried debris, which indicates that the current raised topography of the site appears to be due to these landfilling activities. Although a chain-link fence running along Oak Street precludes vehicular access to the site, pedestrian access to the site is not restricted.

Hazardous substances that pose a threat of release include, but are not limited to, the following: toluene up to 13,000 mg/kg, trichloroethylene (TCE) up to 11 mg/kg, and 3,4-methylphenol up to 1,100 mg/kg. These hazardous substances are present in surface soils, buried drums, and contaminated soils surrounding the drums at the site. The highest concentrations were found in product encountered in and around the buried drums.

Current Status
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Removal activities will include conducting a site walk with the cleanup contractor, securing the site, and conducting additional geophysical testing and test pitting to locate buried drums. Buried drums and associated contaminated soils will be excavated, sampled, overpacked, staged, and shipped off-site for disposal at approved disposal facilities. The depth of excavation will not extend past the ground water table. As the drums are exhumed, they will be carefully logged and inspected for any labeling information which may indicate their origins. Air monitoring will be performed at the perimeter of the site throughout invasive site activities. Since the hazardous substances present are volatile and the site is located within a residential area, it is anticipated that engineering controls may be necessary to address air quality issues. Such engineering controls may include applying foam to the excavation to suppress volatilization of contaminants or constructing a temporary shelter over areas being excavated. Areas disturbed by site activities will be restored to vegetative cover.

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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

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On-Scene Coordinator
Address: One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (HBR)
Boston, MA 02114-2023
Phone #:617-918-1278
E-Mail Address:gardner.frank@epa.gov


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