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GRAFTON,  Massachusetts
Street Address: ROUTE 122A
Zip Code: 01519

EPA ID #: MASFN0102999
Site ID #: 0102999
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The Fisherville Mill site is located at 60 Main Street (Route 122A) in Grafton, Massachusetts. The approximately 16.2-acre site is bounded to the north by Fisherville Pond, to the east by the Blackstone River, to the south by Route 122A, and to the west by private residences. The surrounding area is a mix of residential, commercial and industrial properties. The site was used from 1882 until 1986 by different industries including textile (cotton spinning and weaving), manufacturing of steel racks, machine parts, stamps and lawn furniture, and for warehouse storage. The site is contaminated with petroleum, chlorinated volatile organic compounds, asbestos, and heavy metals and had been undergoing a state-lead cleanup. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) had installed an on-site groundwater treatment system to remediate the petroleum and trichloroethene- contaminated groundwater. The South Grafton Water District utilizes two overburden water supply wells, approximately 1,000 feet to the south of the site, on the other side of the Blackstone River (designated as an American Heritage River) to supply domestic water for area residences. On August 3, 1999, a major multiple-alarm fire destroyed the entire complex, including MA DEP=s treatment system. At the request of the property owner, Central Massachusetts Economic Development Authority (CMEDA), and MA DEP, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a $554,000 emergency response to remove the asbestos debris from the residential properties in surrounding communities and coordinated with the MA DEP for the disposal. Upon the completion of the emergency response and due to limited financial resources, MA DEP and CMEDA requested that EPA provide assistance to CMEDA in addressing the remaining 30,000 cubic yards of asbestos-containing material (ACM) on the site and conduct a removal action of the lead-contaminated ash and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) transformers.

Current Status
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A short term cleanup (PRP REMOVAL) at the site was started on 6/12/00 and completed on 2/26/01.
A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 8/4/99 and completed on 8/30/99.
A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 6/13/00 and completed on 11/22/00.

EPA entered into an Administrative Order on Consent with CMEDA in which EPA provided heavy equipment and equipment operators to segregate, when possible, uncontaminated salvageable demolished debris (steel, granite, etc.), and to place ACM debris into trucks for off-site disposal pre-arranged and funded by CMEDA. Approximately 3,400 tons of ACM debris have been transported to offsite disposal facilities including Waste Management Inc., in Norridgewock, Maine. EPA provided heavy equipment and operators to MA DEP to place an estimated total of 300 tons of asbestos debris from the former boiler room area into trucks for MA DEP-funded off-site disposal. EPA funded the transportation and disposal of approximately 3,226 tons of lead-contaminated ash and 111 gallons of PCB-contaminated oil, three PCB-contaminated transformer carcasses, and four non-PCB transformers.

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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 #:617-918-1231
E-Mail Address:tsang.janis@epa.gov


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