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Street Address: GREEN HILL ROAD
Zip Code: 04659

EPA ID #: MED980669279
Site ID #: 0101029
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The site, located on Green Hill Road in Meddybemps, Maine, consisted of a 12,000 ton pile of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)-contaminated sand and gravel on two adjacent properties located approximately one mile north of Route 191. The area surrounding the pile is a mixture of low scrub bushes and tall trees. There are no buildings or distinguishing features at the site and property access is not restricted. A minimal stream, located 0.2 miles east of the site, flows into Meddybemps Lake. The site is bounded to the north and south by active gravel pits and to the east and west by blueberry fields. The source of the contamination is from transformers that were improperly disposed. In the Spring of 1983, the Town of Baileyville obtained sand and gravel from the Green Hill Quarry to construct a road base in Woodland, a community in Baileyville. As a result of residents complaining about the smell of the road, the town called the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) for assistance. MEDEP staff conducted sampling and analysis at the location and found that the levels of PCBs ranged from non detect to 3,100 parts per million. Baileyville returned the soil to their quarry. MEDEP conducted sampling and analysis of the pile (now located in the pit) to quantify the contaminated soil and evaluate remedial options. MEDEP covered the contaminated areas with nylon reinforced tarps, installed a cable across the mouth of the gravel pit, and posted warning signs around the perimeter of the pit. The Baileyville portion of the site has been inactive since the contamination was discovered.

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A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 5/2/01 and was completed on October 12, 2002.

7,152 tons of PCB-contaminated soil was sent to CWM, Chemical Services, LLC, Model City, NY to be landfilled. 4,707 tons of PCB-contaminated soil was sent to EQ, Belleville, MI to be landfilled. 2,400 tons of low level PCB-contaminated soil was sent to Waste Management in Norridgewock, ME to be landfilled. Total site cost was $2.7 million.

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view of excavation and stockpiling activities

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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 #:617-918-1248
E-Mail Address:lussier.amyjean@epa.gov

Kathy Niziolek
State Agency Contact
Address:ME DEP
Phone #:207 287 4861
E-Mail Address:kathy.niziolek@state.me.us


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