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Holland Company

A release of about 17,400 gallons of sodium bisulfate was discovered on at midnight on Sunday, Feb, 7, 2011. The facility had been closed over the weekend and the last time the facility was manned was midnight Friday. The release occurred after a valve was left open on a tank. About half of the material released escaped secondary containment and was headed in the direction of a railroad and a small stream, both at the edge of the property. Of the material that had escaped secondary containment, some 300 gallons were recovered at collection points. The exact location of the remaining material was uncertain because it was covered in snow.

The material still in the secondary containment was pumped back into the storage tank. The company removed a snow pile at a low point on the property and intercepted the flow of the sodium bisulfite. This was used as a collection point to pump the material into totes. By the next day, six 300-gallon totes had been filled with recovered material and five more test pits had been excavated to confirm the extent of contamination. About 15,015 gallons were recovered and about 2,385 gallons had migrated into soil. On the suggestion of a cleanup contractor, calcium carbonate was mixed into the soils to neutralize the pH. On Feb. 14, the soil was tested and a few spots were determined to have a low pH and a final application of calcium carbonate was made.

Location: Adams, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 02/07/2011
EPA Demobilization Date*: 02/15/2011
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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