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St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad

St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, North Stratford, NH

The NH Dept. of Environmental Services (NHDES) had been working with the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad since April 2008 to try to reduce the release of creosote that has dripped off the railroad bridge into the Connecticut River and onto adjacent banks. The bridge spans the Connecticut River between North Stratford, NH and Bloomfield, Vt. On March 7, 2013, NHDES asked EPA to work with the railroad on this issue. The railroad replaced railroad ties on the bridge, excavated soil and restored the wetland on both the New Hampshire and Vermont sides of the river. This work was led by the railroad and done under the jurisdiction of the state, which will make sure that the wetlands are adequately restored. The ties were replaced Aug. 5 to 15, 2013. Work washing the granite bridge abutments and removing soil from the banks was finished that November. During the cleanup work, booms were put in the river to minimize the release of creosote sheens and sedimentation. About 500 railroad ties, 7.7 tons of soil and 10 yards of material were removed from the site before the work was finished in April 2014.

Location: North Stratford, NH
EPA Mobilization Date*: July 29, 2013
EPA Demobilization Date*: Dec. 2, 2013
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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