Removal Effort to Begin at Vassalboro, Maine Site (ME)
(Boston, Mass. – July 29, 2011) – A public informational meeting and hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7 pm in the Bennington Free Library in Bennington, Vermont. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn about proposed changes to the cleanup plan for the Burgess Brothers Landfill Superfund Site.
In 1998, EPA signed a Record of Decision (ROD) which called for placement of a landfill cap and construction of a soil vapor extraction system to address groundwater contamination. Contaminants were detected in the groundwater in upper thirty feet of soil at the site. Primary groundwater contaminants include trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachlorothene (PCE). The groundwater in the bedrock remains unaffected.
Since the ROD was signed in 1998 and the original cleanup plan was implemented, levels of contamination in the groundwater have increased and moved beyond the landfill. For this reason, EPA is proposing an amendment to the remedy. Additionally, as the changes in the remedy will impact a site stream and possibly wetlands, the public is invited to comment on this aspect of the cleanup plan.