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Forster Mill

Emergency response at Forster Mill, Wilton, Maine

The Forster Site, at 516 Depot Street in Wilton, Maine, is a former mill property that was being demolished. Several large buildings covered the majority of the 12.1-acre property. The buildings and a temporary chain-link-fence restricted access, but the fence was damaged at one end so trespassers could easily enter the property.

Some steam pipes covered with asbestos-containing materials were staged at the accessible end of the property. And less a cubic yard of asbestos-containing materials was found.

EPA contractors on Aug. 19, 2011, took ambient air samples at the perimeter fence at the northern and eastern sides of the property near residences. No asbestos was found. Sampling from the parking area indicated pipe wrap with some levels of asbestos contamination that required a cleanup.

EPA met with a representative from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. EPA also met with the property owner, who agreed to have an employee fix the fence. EPA also asked that the asbestos (or suspected asbestos) outside the building be collected by a certified asbestos contractor by Aug. 27. The property owner coordinated with DEP to hire a contractor to finish cleaning asbestos inside the building.

On Aug. 20, 2011, DEP took over management of the site.

Location: 516 Depot St., Wilton, Maine
EPA Mobilization Date*: 08/19/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 08/20/2011
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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