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The Former Bendix Property Site

The Former Bendix Property Site, abandoned for at least 10 years, was once used for metalworking. The 17.3-acre town-owned site held two buildings: a dilapidated 94,000-square-foot single-story slab with a concrete block industrial building and a 700-square foot concrete garage–style building. In Nov. 2010, EPA identified friable asbestos and asbestos-containing material, chromium, and volatile organic compounds at the site. Roof leaks in the larger building left a threat of a chemical release. Asbestos-containing insulating wrap from a damaged heat and water piping system had fallen on floors and contaminated material underneath. Some 380 discarded 55-gallon drums and other containers were found across the site. The larger building held wood pallets stacked to the ceiling; bins of building debris, machinery, drums and other containers, and numerous plastic bags of white powder. The powder contained levels of chromium as high as 700 parts per million.

Cleanup work began in April 2011 and continued through August. In June, water samples were taken from two pits filled with water and sent for analysis. Of 51 containers tested, one was found to be hazardous. This 30-gallon drum containing a hazardous caustic material was prepared for disposal. By the end of August all of the asbestos and asbestos-containing materials had been removed and sent off site and 44 containers of white powder had been disposed of off site. The remaining powder and powder debris was removed in Sept. 2011. In early February, EPA hired a contractor to take PCB waste off site. EPA left the site Feb. 9. The cleanup involved removing a total of 204,160 pounds of asbestos-containing materials; 1138 tons of white powder and powder debris; 1,145 kilograms of PCB capacitors ; 2300 pounds of lead batteries; 24 thermostat switches with mercury; 400 pounds of sodium hydroxide in drums and 775 gallons of oil-filled drums.

Location: 180 Laurel St., Greenfield, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 04/13/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 02/09/2012
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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