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Salem Oil and Grease

Salem Oil and Grease

During a site walk with the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, the Salem fire marshal and the Salem fire chief at the Salem Oil and Grease site, emergency responders found numerous causes for concern. The site contained more than 40 vats and tanks of mostly oils, but also sulfuric acids and bases (potash ash, caustic soda). In addition, there were about 300 55-gallon drums of mostly oils, with about a tenth labeled as corrosives; three labs with hundreds of chemicals, and hundreds of containers with oils, paints and unidentified liquids. The business consists of two large buildings next to a canal that leads to the North River. It was apparent that drains probably exit into the canal. Outside one of the buildings were a number of drums and a large rusty and leaking tank. An investigation was requested. MassDEP took control of the cleanup.

Location: Salem, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/08/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 03/08/2010
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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