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TAUNTON,  Massachusetts
Bristol County
Street Address: 354-356 WINTHROP ST (ROUTE 44)
Zip Code: 02780

EPA ID #: MAD980504054
Site ID #: 0100659
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The Route 44 Disposal Area is located approximately 2 1/4 miles from the center of Taunton, Massachusetts, at 354 and 356 Winthrop Street, which is also designated as State Route 44. At the request of the State of Massachusetts, the Removal Program initiated a site investigation. Deteriorated drums were discovered in three test pits, and determined to contain volatile organic hazardous substances in concentrations as high as 4,900 parts per million. There is a private residence on the site within 100 feet of the drum disposal area. There are approximately118 people within a one-quarter mile radius, and 2,636 people within one mile. A Superfund Removal Action is ongoing to address the site.

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EPA performed non-intrusive, geophysical survey to identify the approximate area of buried metal, then confirmed the presence of drums within the survey area using heavy equipment; installed a perimeter fence and warning signs; and constructed a temporary building and air treatment system to control airborne hazardous substances associated with excavating drums. Between mid-June and October 23, 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) excavated 839 drums, and approximately 340 cubic yards of contaminated soil and crushed, empty drums. Based on evidence gathered while excavating drums, EPA is in the process of negotiating the completion of the project by the company that generated and shipped waste to the site.

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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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Boston, MA 02114-2023
Phone #:617-918-1229
E-Mail Address:haworth.richard@epa.gov


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