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Bailey Road Drums

Emergency response at the Bailey Road Drums, 1494 Bailey Road, Knox, Maine

The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection found 16 55-gallon drums labeled as containing caustic material at an unoccupied residential property that was in foreclosure. Air monitoring by the state found elevated levels of organic vapors and potentially explosive atmosphere. Because the drums posed a threat to nearby residents, and because neither the drum contents nor the property ownership was known, EPA evaluated the need for an emergency cleanup.

The drums, sitting on soil under a tarp stretched over metal support poles, were about 200 feet off Bailey Road on the side of a dirt driveway leading to a home. Several trash bags filled with polyethylene sheeting and wood were under the tarp as well, along with two partially full 5-gallon buckets of solid material lying on their sides with contents spilling onto the ground. Of the 16 drums, five were empty. Testing determined the contents of all 11 drums were ignitable.

Because property owners would not remove the waste nor give EPA access, the agency issued an order in November 2011 and soon received written permission. A cleanup was done Nov. 30 and soil at the drum storage area was sampled. The drums were put into larger, new drums to make sure no leaks occurred during transportation and the two five-gallon buckets as well as any contents that spilled were put into a new 55-gallon drum. All waste, including the bagged debris, was shipped to a disposal facility. The cleanup was finished in one day. A January 2012 report on lab tests of soil collected where the drums had been indicated no hazardous substances above detection limits.

Location: 1494 Bailey Road, Knox, Maine
EPA Mobilization Date*: 11/30/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 11/30/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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