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Universal Steel & Trading Corporation Site

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Universal Steel & Trading Corporation Site, Salem, MA


In 2009, the City of Salem requested EPA assistance to conduct a removal site evaluation of the Universal Steel & Trading Corporation Site on Bridge Street. EPA conducted the evaluation and discovered Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and metal contamination in the soils on the Site. From 2009 to 2012, a multi-agency team was formed to assess the remediation options for the Site. The team consists of: EPA, City of Salem, MassDEP and Mass Development. After the remediation, the City plans to utilize the property for temporary commuter parking while the MBTA parking is offline during the upcoming commuter rail parking garage construction and station improvements.

Work to Date

The building has been demolished and removed from the site. EPA began work excavating the PCB/metal contaminated soils and has excavated approximately 4,000 tons of soil to date. The soils have been segregated according to waste stream and are currently staged under plastic covers. Some of the soil will be treated onsite to reduce the final disposal costs.

Next Steps

The next step is to have the soil transported off site to EPA certified disposal facilities. MassDEP is assisting EPA in transporting the contaminated soil to the appropriate disposal facilities. Approximately 8,000 tons of soil will be excavated and transported for disposal. During this soil transportation phase, there will be a City of Salem police detail present to ensure traffic safety. In addition, EPA will continue air monitoring to ensure that contaminants do not become airborne or migrate off site. If the monitors show any exceedances, then work will be paused and measures will be taken to evaluate and address the problem with the appropriate engineering controls. During the soil transportation phase, approximately 15 parking spaces along Bridge Street will be temporarily cordoned in order for trucks to park and turn around. We anticipate no more than twenty trucks per day will come in and out of the area during operating hours.

This next phase of work also includes the demolition and removal of remaining concrete slabs that were part of the foundation of the Universal Steel facility. Breaking apart concrete will cause noise and vibration disturbances. EPA expects this work to begin in at the end of April and last for about 1-2 weeks. Understanding the concrete slab work can be disturbing, EPA will try to perform this work on weekdays between the hours of 08:00 and 4:00 EPA’s overall operations tends to run between 7am and 5pm.

Looking Ahead

Construction of the parking lot is anticipated to begin after EPA completes the removal action and take about one month. The City is putting this work out to bid in April. Construction of the MBTA garage and station improvements is on schedule to begin in June. During the 18-month construction period, the City will prepare to solicit proposals for redevelopment of the site upon completion of the station improvements.

Location: 297-305 Bridge Street, Salem, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 10/02/2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/30/2013
Contact: Emily Zimmerman (zimmerman.emily@epa.gov), Community Involvement Coordinator, 617-908-1037

*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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