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Former Lawrence Metals

Former Lawrence Metals, Chelsea, MA


In July, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) requested EPA assistance to conduct a removal site evaluation of the Former Lawrence Metals Site. At that time, the site had been tracked by Mass DEP, the City of Chelsea and EPA Brownfields and Toxic Substances Control Act programs. The primary contaminant of concern is Ploychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and metal contamination in the soil. Over the past few months, a multi-agency team was formed to coordinate cleanup actions in preparation for redevelopment. The team consisted of: EPA, City of Chelsea, Developer (Lawrenceville LLC), Mass DEP, Mass Department of Transportation (DOT) and Mass Development. Historically, the site had been used for various commercial and industrial uses, such as textile production, since the late 19th century. The most recent uses of the site included manufacturing and custom fabrication of various metal products.

Next Steps

In July 2013, EPA mobilized to the site to begin digging and removing PCB and metal contaminated soil from the site and preparing it to be redeveloped. EPA Contractors will initially excavate up to 9,000 tons of soil from the site. EPA will stock pile this soil on site, under plastic covers, until it is ready to be trucked to an appropriate hazardous waste facility.

It is expected that the soil removal effort will take approximately 5 months, weather depending. EPA work­ers will be onsite between the hours of 7am and 5 pm daily. These hours may vary depending on weather and daylight. Workers doing the excavation and stockpiling will be wearing protective suits and respirator masks to protect themselves from physically contacting any contaminated soils. These are measures taken to protect workers, who potentially work with contamination on a very regular basis.

Air Monitoring

EPA will be monitoring the air while working. Monitoring stations will be set up around the perimeter of the site and will measure any dust or particles. If the monitors show any exceedences, then work will be paused and measures will be taken to evaluate and address the prob­lem with the appropriate engineering controls.

Location: 145-155 Beech Street, Chelsea, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 06/11/2013
EPA Demobilization Date*: 08/05/2014
Contact: Emily Zimmerman (zimmerman.emily@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, 617-908-1037

*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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