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Orrington,  Maine
Penobscot County
Street Address: River Road - Route 15
Zip Code: 04474-0149

EPA ID #: MED000242701
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Environmental Indicators Status: Current Human Exposures Under Control = NO, Groundwater Release Under Control = NO

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Holtrachem Manufacturing, a 235 acre facility in Orrington, manufactured chlorine, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach), hydrochloric acid, and chloropicrin (a pesticide). The site is currently closed and HoltraChem has dissolved as a company. Cleanup work at the site is proceeding with the cooperation of Mallinckrodt Inc/Tyco Healthcare, a former site owner. The facility has 5 landfills containing hazardous waste on-site. Corrective Action was required under a section 3008(h) order. Three public meetings, Several "office hours", and briefings for the press and stakeholder groups have been held and five newsletters circulated to involve the public in the work at this site. The Maine Peoples Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council successfully pursued a RCRA Section 7002 citizen suit against HoltraChem and Mallinckrodt which will force a more detailed study of the impact of the site on the Penobscot River. EPA and Maine Department of Environmental Protection are proceeding with cleanup of the site and moderately to heavily contaminated sediment immediately adjacent to the site in the Penobscot River.

Current Status
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Cleanup targets have been established for the site and Mallinckrodt has submitted a Corrective Measures Study.

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Public Record Locations
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Maine DEP File Room, Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04333 (207) 287-7843
Orrington Public Library, 19 School Street, Orrington, ME 04474 (207)825-3364

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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Stephanie Carr
EPA Project Manager
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #:617-918-1363
E-Mail Address:carr.stephanie@epa.gov

Stacy Ladner
State Contact
Address:ME Department of Environmental Protection
State House, Station 17
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone #:207-287-2651
E-Mail Address:

Jim Grant
Facility Contact
Address:PO BOX 149
Orrington, ME 04474-0149
Phone #:207-825-3341
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