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 Sterling,  Connecticut
 Windham County
 Street Address: RAILROAD AVENUE
 Zip Code: 06377

 EPA ID #: CTD004532610
 Site ID #: 0100121
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 Site Responsibility: Federal, Municipal, Potentially Responsible Parties

 Proposed Date 06/10/1986
 Final Date 07/22/1987
  Deleted Date 09/02/1994

Site Description
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The Revere Textile Prints Corporation site covers 15 acres in a town-owned industrial park. The textile processing facility first operated over 50 years ago as the U.S. Finishing Company. In 1978, Revere Textile was allegedly observed dumping barrels of wastes into the Moosup River. The facility was destroyed by fire in 1980. Following the fire, a number of drums were evident in the ruins of two buildings on site. The property was sold after the fire in 1980. At the time, there were over 1,500 on-site drums that leaked dyes, paints, solvents, and heavy metals onto the ground. The State detected over 30 compounds in the drums and soil on site and issued an order against the new owner to clean up the site. In 1982, ownership of the site was transferred to Sterling Industrial Park Corporation. After several State inspections and rounds of sampling, the drums were removed in 1983 by the new owner. An unknown quantity of contaminated soil also was removed. On-site monitoring wells were sampled in 1984 and found to be contaminated. The site is located in an industrial park with approximately 350 people living within 1 mile of the site and 4,500 people living within a 3-mile radius. The site is now inactive. The Moosup River is located downgradient of the site and is used for recreational purposes.

Threats and Contaminants
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Groundwater was contaminated with antimony, methanol, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including toluene and trichloroethylene (TCE). The soil was contaminated with barium and VOCs including ethyl benzene and xylene. Before cleanup actions were initiated, people who came into direct contact with or accidentally ingested contaminated groundwater or soil may have been at risk. Residents in the area depend on the groundwater as their sole source of drinking water; however, the residential water supply was not affected by this contamination.

Cleanup Approach
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Response Action Status
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Immediate Actions In 1983, more than 1,500 drums containing dyes, paints, solvents, and heavy metals were removed by the Town of Sterling. In 1990, the town removed an additional six drums and paint cans from the site that contained solvents, oils, naphthalene, and VOCs. The Town placed restrictions on land use, specifically excluding non-commercial development and groundwater use.

Entire Site In 1992, the EPA completed an investigation into the nature and extent of site contamination. The EPA reviewed the study findings and determined that, due to the immediate actions undertaken by the Town, the level of contamination at the site was no longer harmful to the surrounding population or environment; therefore, no further action was necessary. The Record of Decision for the site was signed on September 30, 1992.

Enforcement HighlightsIn 1980, the State issued an order against the owner to clean up the site. In 1982, ownership of the site was transferred to Sterling Industrial Park Corp. In September 1983, Sterling Industrial Park Corp. complied with the 1980 State Order and removed the leaking drums and an unknown quantity of contaminated soil from the site.

Environmental Progress
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The initial actions to remove drums and contaminated soils from the site reduced the potential for accidental exposure to hazardous wastes at the Revere Textile site. Investigations determined that the site no longer poses a threat to public health or the environment. The site was deleted from the NPL in September 1994.

Current Site Status
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EPA monitored site groundwater for five years after its decision that no further cleanup measures were necessary. This monitoring program confirmed that the groundwater is not contaminated above safe drinking water levels. The monitoring program ended in September 1999.

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Site Repositories
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Sterling Public Library, 11110 Plainfield Pike, Oneco, CT 06373

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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EPA Remedial Project Manager: Leslie McVickar
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-4
Boston, MA 02109 - 3912
Phone #: 617-918-1374
E-Mail Address: mcvickar.leslie@epa.gov

EPA Community Involvement Coordinator: Rudy Brown
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA01-1
Boston, MA 02109 - 3912
Phone #: 617-918-1031
E-Mail Address: brown.rudy@epa.gov

State Agency Contact: William Warzecha
Address: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone #: 860-424-3776
E-Mail Address: william.warzecha@ct.gov


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