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Somerset,  Massachusetts
Bristol County
Street Address: 1 Brayton Point Rd
Zip Code: 02725

EPA ID #: MAD055179634
Site ID #:
Site Alias: Dominion Energy Brayton Point Power Plant
Environmental Indicators Status: Current Human Exposures Under Control = YES, Groundwater Release Under Control = YES

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The New England Power Brayton Point Energy site ("BPE site") site occupies more than 306 acres of land on the southern tip of the town of Somerset, Massachusetts. The BPE Site is located on a peninsula bordered on three sides by surface water. The Taunton River is located east of the property, Lee River to the west, and Mount Hope Bay to the south. Fox Hill Cove, a tidal embayment of the Lee River, and Route I-195 are located north of a portion of the property boundary. Brayton Point Road provides access to BPE along the northeastern property boundary. Mixed residential and commercial properties are located north of the property. The northern land portions of the BPE site are fenced and the entrance is guarded 24 hours per day.

BPE is a power plant that generates electricity by using natural gas, coal, and oil as fuel. The southern half of the BPE property consists of the power generation and plant operations, and the northern half of the property consists of the historical and current Waste Water Treatment System, cooling towers, and Ash Management Area.

Prior to purchasing the land in 1956 to construct BPE, the land was used for agricultural purposes. A former railroad cut across the property from east to west toward the Lee River. A railroad bridge ran across the Lee River to Swansea, Massachusetts in the early 1900s.

Releases of hazardous materials have occurred at the BPE site in the past. The releases consisted of oils such as #6 fuel oil, #2 fuel oil, gasoline and lubricating oil, and wastewater treatment solids which consisted of oil ash. All releases exceeding an applicable Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) (310 CMR 40.0000) reportable quantity have been addressed in accordance with the MCP, either through active remediation, implementation of activity and use limitations, or both. Currently, there are no active site investigations or remediation activities.

Current Status
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EPA invites the public to comment on its proposed Statement of Basis for a Corrective Action remedy determination for Brayton Point Energy, LLC located at One Brayton Point Road in Somerset, Massachusetts. Based upon investigation and remediation activities conducted at and around the facility, EPA is announcing its Statement of Basis for a Completion Determination that Corrective Action obligations under the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act are “Complete with Controls.” The Statement of Basis proposal includes a summary of the facility history, contaminant investigation and cleanup, proposed controls, and details of the public comment process. Anyone interested in reviewing this proposal can view the Statement of Basis and other project documents at the Somerset Library, Reference Department, located at 1464 County Street, Somerset, Massachusetts during the Public Comment Period. EPA will accept written comments on the proposal during the public comment period from August 14, 2014 through September 14, 2014.

To comment formally: All interested persons are invited to express their views on this proposed Completion Determination. Written comments related to this proposal should be submitted during the public comment period to:

Ms. Marilyn St. Fleur
RCRA Corrective Action Section
United States Environmental Protection Agency
EPA New England, Region I
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Questions may be directed to Ms. Marilyn St. Fleur at (617) 918-1617, stfleur.marilyn@epa.gov.

EPA will not make a final decision regarding this proposed Completion Determination until the public comment period has closed and all comments received during the public comment period have been evaluated and addressed.

For more information, please:
Follow the links from this site to the Brayton Point Energy Statement of Basis;
Contact any of the individuals listed below under "Contacts;"
During the Public Comment Period review files available at sites listed below under "Public Record Locations"

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Links to Other Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

EPA Corrective Action Website  
EPA - RCRA Cleanup Enforcement Authorities Website  
Environmental Indicator (EI) Determination - Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control, September 30, 2011 (3.77 MB)  
Environmental Indicator (EI) Determination - Current Human Exposures Under Control (CA725YE), September 29, 2011 (3.8 MB)  
Statement of Basis for a Corrective Action Completion Determination, August 14, 2014 (3.05 MB)  

Public Record Locations
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Somerset Library,
Reference Department,
1464 County Street, Somerset, MA

Library Hours:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 12 - 8
Tuesday: 12 - 8
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 5
Friday: 10 - 3

US EPA New England Records Center
5 Post Office Sq., Boston, MA 02109-3912

Records Center Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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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Marilyn St. Fleur
EPA Project Manager
Address: Marilyn StFleur - MailEPA-New England, Region 1
5 Post Office Sq. Suite 100
Mail Code OSRR07-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #:617-918-1617
E-Mail Address:stfleur.marilyn@epa.gov

Jeff Chorman
State Contact
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone #:617-292-5888
E-Mail Address:

Meredith Simas
Facility Contact
Address:1 Brayton Point Rd
Somerset, MA 02725
Phone #:508-646-5338
E-Mail Address:msimas@brayton-point.com


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