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NEW BEDFORD,  Massachusetts
Street Address: 241 DUCHAINE BOULEVARD
Zip Code: 02745

EPA ID #: MAD980584361
Site ID #: 0102967
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This 8 acre parcel of land is located in the New Bedford Industrial Park. Polyply, Inc., operated a manufacturing facility from 1960 until approximately 1990 when Polyply , Inc., filed for bankruptcy and restructured under the name Polymerine, Inc. The building now houses two non-related companies. Polyply and Polymerine were both involved in the production of composite fiberglass boards which were created by laminating several layers of fiberglass sheets. It appears that for the majority of the life of the company, the oil used in the heat transfer oil system was a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) product. It was changed over at an unknown date to a non-PCB heat transfer fluid. At the request of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection , the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation (PA/SI) on November 21, 1997, at the Site. Samples collected during the PA/SI indicated PCBs as high as 13,000 parts per million in surface soil in the rear of the facility. EPA issued an Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) on June 24, 1998, to the potentially responsible party (PRP). The PRP hired a contractor and began to excavate approximately 220 tons of PCB-contaminated soil. The contaminated soil was staged in the facility parking lot. Because the PRP failed to complete cleanup activities and defaulted on the UAO, EPA initiated a time-critical removal action to address the threats to the environment and public health from the release of PCBs .

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A short term cleanup (PRP REMOVAL) at the site was started on 10/5/98 and completed on 4/19/00.
A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 4/19/00.

EPA conducted an extent of contamination survey; excavated the contaminated soils; staged the contaminated soils pending proper disposal; transported contaminated soils to off-site disposal facilities for disposal; backfilled the excavated area with clean fill-material; and revegetated the excavated area. Approximately 1,960 tons of PCB-contaminated soil were sent to the Model City, New York, and Envirosafe Services of Idaho, Inc., for disposal

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view of site during excavation 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 #:617-918-1254
E-Mail Address:chau.wing@epa.gov


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