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Naugatuck,  Connecticut
New Haven County
Street Address: 428 Rubber Avenue
Zip Code: 06770

EPA ID #: CTD018725143
Site ID #: 0103185
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The Beaneys Cleaners site is located at 428 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, Connecticut (Lat. 41 29' 21" N, Long. 73 04' 08" W). The site consists of a one-story concrete block building on a 0.2 acre parcel that abuts the Long Meadow Pond Brook on its west side. The building includes a small residential dwelling on its southern section and has a total floor space of approximately 3,900 square feet. The topography of the area is generally flat with a steep slope (approx. 40) towards the brook across the west and south sides of the property.

Historical records revealed that the building at 428 Rubber Avenue was originally constructed in 1960. Since at least 1964, a portion of the building has been leased by the current property owner and used for dry cleaning businesses by different operators. Between approximately August 1995 and August 1999, Avenue Cleaners operated the dry cleaning business at the site. During the fall of 1999, ownership changed and the dry cleaning business, presently operating, was named Beany’s Cleaners. In March 2000, two drums of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) waste product from Avenue Cleaners were found abandoned in a wooded area of Farmington, Connecticut. Local, state and federal authorities. In November 2000, based on findings from the investigation initiated in March, CT DEP conducted a soil and groundwater investigation at the site. Results of the investigation revealed high levels of contaminants, including PCE, in soils and groundwater.

In March 2001, EPA conducted a Removal Program Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation (PA/SI).
The key findings were that surface and sub-surface soil samples collected from the west side of the building on the bank of the brook contained tetrachloroethylene (PCE) levels ranging up to 26,000 ppm. Other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) detected in soil samples collected included: cis-1,2-dichloroethene and methylene chloride.

Current Status
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In September 2002, EPA signed an Action Memorandum authorizing a time-critical removal action including the following steps: (1) conduct additional sampling and analyses to fully define the area(s) with highly contaminated soils; (2) prepare a contaminated soil removal plan that will include specifics on soil excavation depth, contaminated materials staging, shipment for off-site disposal and restoration; (3) all soil areas found to be contaminated by hazardous substances and that pose an immediate threat to public health or welfare or the environment will be either properly removed where possible and transported to an off-site disposal facility, or otherwise addressed to reduce or eliminate any immediate health threats.

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