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Walton & Lonsbury Removal Site


The Site at 78 North Avenue in Attleboro, MA houses a 13,500 square foot chromium plating facility formerly operated by Walton & Lonsbury, Inc (W&L). While in operation from 1940-2007, the Site was used to chrome-plate very large and/or long objects such as pistons for large hydraulic equipment or rollers for paper mills. For a time, copper plating operations also took place until the building was remodeled in the 1950s.

A number of chemicals and chemical compounds were used and left as waste in the operations process. From 1940-1970, all wastes generated from the facility discharged into the wetlands located on the southern portion of the property via an underground pipe. After 1970, W&L used a number of different waste disposal techniques that also had environmental consequences on the Site.

Contaminants of Concern:

Contaminants of Concern on this Site include total chromium, hexavalent chromium, lead and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The chromium compounds resulted from the use of chromic acid to perform chrome plating in the plant. Lead is a contaminant of concern because it was used for a variety of operations in the plant including the making of plumbing pieces for the plating process.

Removal Actions:

Beginning on October 19, 2010, EPA will begin to clean-up this 2.7 acre property and to sample nearby properties to identify soil contamination linked to the Site. Those residential properties and adjacent wetlands identified as impacted will also be cleaned-up. This project will take an estimated 18-36 months.

When W&L abandoned the facility in 2007, they left everything behind. The first step in the clean-up is to empty the facility, and then demolish it. Other removal operations include: Dismantling and removing the eight waste tanks on the property (five of which extend between 4-10 feet into the ground); excavating the foundation and contaminated soils on Site; clearing the wooded, wetland south of the Site; removing and/or treating contaminated soils and restoring all impacted properties

What to Expect:

EPA and its contractors will be working behind 8-foot fencing constructed for the project. This fencing will enclose the parking lot of the Walton & Lonsbury Site, which means this lot will not be available as excess parking for Hayward Park users.

While all work is being done, EPA will be monitoring the air quality on and around the Site. Work will be halted if EPA detects contamination in the air. EPA will also conduct soil sampling on the Site after removal actions to confirm the removal of contaminants.

Residents near the Site, and users of Hayward Park should expect to see an increase of truck traffic in the area. Because adjacent properties to the Site are operational industrial properties, truck traffic is not uncommon in this area.

Work operations will be conducted between 7am-7pm Monday-Saturday. Workers will be wearing protective equipment when on Site; this is meant to protect them from any contaminants they may be handling while working.

Additional Information:

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry: ToxFAQS is a series of summaries about hazardous substances developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology. You can look up chemical substances and compounds alphabetically.

Site Summaries

Location: Attleboro, MA
EPA Mobilization Date*: 10/19/2010
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/09/2014
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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