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Simm Lane Oil Release

At about 9 am on April 2, 2009, a car wash began pumping out the sump tanks at One Simm Lane. Town conservation officials doing a survey of wetlands downstream from the site reported this and pumping stopped at about 10:30 am, at which point the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the owner of the car wash were informed.

DEP went to the scene, hired a cleanup contractor and reported the release to federal officials. EPA mobilized to the site and found about 3,000 gallons of a mixture that included oil, water, and soap had been pumped from the car wash sump tanks. The owner hired a contractor to clean the site.

Visible standing water on site was removed with a vacuum truck. Sorbent booms and pads were placed in various spots and contaminated soil and sludge was excavated and removed. Soil samples were taken to assess the range of contaminants.

The Newtown Conservation Commission has issued a Notice of Violation and a hearing was scheduled in April 2009. The state DEP also issued a “Notice of Violation.” and EPA issued a "Notice of Federal Interest" to the owner and coordinated with DEP, which with the town had oversight of the cleanup. EPA informed the Criminal Investigation Division of the release, but no criminal action was undertaken.

Location: One Simm Lane, Newtown, Conn.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 04/02/2009
EPA Demobilization Date*: 04/03/2009
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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