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NORTHFIELD,  New Hampshire
Street Address: 15 PARK STREET
Zip Code: 03276

EPA ID #: NHD064430549
Site ID #: 0102784
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The Surrette America Battery Site (Site) located on 10 Gibson Mill Road, Northfield, New Hampshire, is situated on 7.49 acres adjacent to the Winnipesaukee River, a Class B water body. It was initially a textile manufacturing facility built in the late 1800's, but was last used as a battery manufacturing facility, until 1990. At the start of this removal action, the Site consisted of a large abandoned and burnt out two-story brick building (the main complex), one side of which abuts the river, and an abutting one story west wing made of wood. Total area covered by the buildings was 127,029 square feet. In 1995, EPA performed a $665,000 time critical removal action at the Site to removing acids, lead- contaminated soil, compressed gas cylinders and other hazardous substances. On December 3, 1998, EPA performed a $152,000 emergency response action in response to a fire at the Site to address releases of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and oil. As a result of the fire, roofing material which contained asbestos was damaged and released to the atmosphere. The impacted area included sections of the Towns of Northfield and Tilton. An elementary school and a boarding school were located in the area of greatest impact. Based on the results of a site investigation conducted at the request of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a time-critical removal action to address the remaining oil and hazardous materials at the Site which included: three underground oil storage tanks (funded under the Oil Pollution Act), polychlorinated biphenyl oil transformers, ACM debris and lead-contaminated soil throughout the facility. An intensive investigation revealed more contamination within the buildings and grounds than had originally been anticipated.

Current Status
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A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 12/6/99 and completed on 8/28/01.
A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 12/6/98 and completed on 5/4/99.
A short term cleanup (REMOVAL) at the site was started on 4/2/95 and completed on 8/22/95.

In December, 1998, EPA performed an emergency response action which included removing asbestos-contaminated fire debris from residential and public areas in the affected towns and the grounds of the affected schools. From December 1999 to September 2001, EPA conducted a time-critical removal action which included: removing all fire contaminated debris; leveling all remaining structures; shipping all waste offsite for proper disposal; and property restoration. On October 30, 2000, Town of Tilton officials hosted a closing ceremony in celebration of the cleanup. Town of Tilton has taken the property for back taxes and obtained a state grant for redevelopment needs. Wastes removed from the site include: 60 cubic yards of asbestos contaminated fire debris; 4,650 tons of lead-contaminated debris/soil; 4,644 cubic yards of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) non-hazardous materials (brick/concrete); 3.2 tons of lead waste; 2,420 cubic yards of RCRA non-hazardous (wood debris); 1,750 cubic yards steel for recycling; 32 unit - PCB transformers and capacitors; one 20,000 gallon propane gas tank; one 500 gallon sulfuric acid tank; and
two 15,000 gallon under ground oil storage tanks.

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Site at the conclusion of cleanup activities.

Links to Other Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

Surrette Battery Site Spotlight  

Public Record Locations
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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 #:617-918-1281
E-Mail Address:mcintyre.dave@epa.gov


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