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PELHAM,  New Hampshire
Hillsborough County
Street Address: 13 HOBBS ROAD
Zip Code: 03076

EPA ID #: NH0002323111
Site ID #: 0102961
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This site is an active scrap metal yard located at 13 Hobbs Road in Pelham, New Hampshire. The auto shredding process formerly used at the site, generated a waste stream known as “fluff”, referring to the non-metallic residues created when automobiles are shredded for metal recovery. Over the years, an approximately 10,000 cubic yard pile of fluff accumulated on the southern portion of the property on the verge of wetlands associated with Island Pond Brook. Land use in the immediate vicinity is residential, and the site is abutted by private residences on all sides. At the request of the state, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a site investigation The fluff pile and surrounding surface soils were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) over 200 parts per million (ppm) and lead over 5,000 ppm. Both the pile and the contaminated soils extended onto abutting residences. Due to threats posed by the lead and PCB contamination to the nearby population and the environment, a preliminary assessment/site investigation closure memorandum recommending a removal action was signed on January 27, 1998.

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Under an innovative site-specific cleanup contract, EPA utilized an in-field treatment process consisting of on-site stabilization of lead contaminated soils. Approximately 11,000 tons of the treated waste was then transported by rail to an approved landfill in Ohio. Approximately 6,000 tons of contaminated soils associated with the former fluff pile were then excavated. Most of these soils were also treated with a similar innovative process. Disturbed areas of the site were restored. This phase included restoring a wetland on an abutting residential property that had been occupied, filled, and contaminated by junkyard operations and the fluff pile.

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