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RP Boat Shop

Steel drums containing boat building waste at RP Boat Shop

The RP Boat Shop on Route 1 in Steuben, Maine used sheets of fiberglass and styrene resin to manufacture boat hulls. Acetone is used to clean the resin spraying equipment, and marine paints and gel coat are used to finish the hull once it is formed from the fiberglass and resins. During the fall of 2008, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection identified 25 drums of boat building wastes outside the manufacturing building and exposed to the weather. The 25 deteriorating 55-gallon steel drums in a convex storage box were the accumulation of wastes since the facility began operating in the early 1990s. DEP ordered that the drums be secured from the weather and properly disposed of in accordance with state and federal regulations. In December 2008, RP Boat Works secured the drums in an on-site convex storage box. The next spring, the shop tried unsuccessfully to hire a hazardous waste disposal company to remove the drums. In April 2009, DEP requested EPA's help to removal the drums. EPA and its contractor did the work in June. Field testing indicated that several of the drum contents were flammable below the 140 degrees F criteria for determining hazardous materials. VOCs were also found in the drums. Subsequent laboratory analysis conducted by DEP indicated drum contents that were flammable at 60⁰ - 70⁰ F. Laboratory analysis of three nearby drinking water wells did not detect any VOCs. In August 2009, EPA and DEP over-packed the drums, excavated the stained soil from where the drums had been stored and secured both in a box to await shipment. In September 2009, EPA shipped the drums with a hazardous waste transporter to approved disposal facilities. All of the stained soils were drummed, and the over-packs and soil drums were transported off site to a regulated disposal facility. The facility was destroyed by fire in 2010 and is no longer in business.

Location: Steuben, ME
EPA Mobilization Date*: 08/04/2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/16/2009
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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