Showing posts with label SuperFund site. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SuperFund site. Show all posts

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Updated Community Involvement Plan for the BJAT, LLC Superfund Site

An updated Community Involvement Plan (CIP) from the EPA on the BJAT, LLC. property, 300 Fisher St.

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this Community Involvement Plan (CIP) based predominantly upon input gathered through interviews with Town of Franklin (Franklin) officials and residents, along with other stakeholders interested in the BJAT, LLC. Superfund1 Site (Site). EPA’s goals for community involvement at the Site are:

  • To provide the public with accurate, timely, accessible, and understandable information about the project as it moves forward;
  • To provide opportunities for the public to become actively involved, especially when decisions about the cleanup are being made;
  • To enlist the support and involvement of local officials and community leaders; and
  • To encourage, respect and fully consider community input as the project moves forward.

EPA will achieve these goals through various means, including published documents, meetings, presentations, and community conversations. These activities will be based on the community’s needs, as informed by those with whom EPA met while preparing this plan, as well as all legal requirements.

The CIP is a living document and, as necessary and appropriate, it will be updated with community input. If you are interested in suggesting changes to this plan or have questions about it, please contact:

Kimberly White, P.E.
Remedial Project Manager
(617) 918-1752

ZaNetta Purnell, MPH
Community Involvement Coordinator
(617) 918-1306

Updated Community Involvement Plan for the BJAT, LLC Superfund Site
Updated Community Involvement Plan for the BJAT, LLC Superfund Site

Saturday, October 29, 2016

EPA Staff Will be in Franklin Monday, Oct. 31 to Discuss BJAT Site with Community Members

EPA will host an availability session for Franklin residents interested to discuss the BJAT Superfund Site. The session will be held on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM at the Franklin Department of Public Works located at 257 Fisher Street, Franklin, Mass.

On Sept. 30, 2015, EPA add the BJAT site, located at 300 Fisher Street in Franklin, to the "National Priorities List" of Superfund sites. The Superfund program, a federal program established by Congress in 1980, investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country and converts them into productive local resources by eliminating or reducing health risks and environmental contamination associated with hazardous waste sites.

Beginning in the late 1800s, the BJAT LLC site, was used for industrial operations including the manufacturing of rubber and plastic products. The property, inactive since 1985, contains areas of process waste and debris. Further, soil, sediment and ground water are contaminated with lead, mercury and zinc as well as semi-volatile organic compounds.

More information on the BJAT Superfund Site:

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Related links from the Franklin Matters archives

  • Live reporting from the Town Council meeting July 2014
  • DEP and EPA presentation to Town Council, July 2014
  • Map showing property location within Franklin

Friday, October 2, 2015

In the News: Superfund listing good news, Pumpkins in the Park, Purr-fect Cat Shelter fund raising

Area officials reacted favorably to news that a contaminated property on Fisher Street had been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of Superfund sites.
The EPA announced Wednesday that the former BJACT LLC property will be placed on the agency's National Priorities List of Superfund sites. The land at 300 Fisher St., according to an EPA release, has been used for industrial purposes since the late 1800s, with rubber and plastic manufacture among its uses. It is currently inactive, and has been so since 1985.

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In cooperation with the Franklin Recreation Department, Pumpkins in the Park will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Franklin Sculpture Park on Panther Way, near the police station. 
Those interested are asked to drop off pumpkins between noon and 2 p.m., or 5-6 p.m. Lights will be provided by Franklin Art Center. Event attendees will vote for their favorite pumpkins and prizes will be given for the most creative, scariest and funniest.
Franklin Art Center Facebook photo
Franklin Art Center Facebook photo

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The Purr-fect Cat Shelter will hold the Pour for Paws Wine Tasting fundraiser 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits, 14 Grove St. 
The event will be an afternoon of wine sampling provided by Pour Richard’s and raffle items. Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits will also donate 20 percent of the sales during the event to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"We want that site environmentally cleaned"

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding a former manufacturing property on Fisher Street to its list of federal Superfund sites. 
The designation would make the polluted 18-acre property eligible for funding for the cleanup. The agency could announce the addition of the site to its National Priorities List as early as this fall. 
The Superfund law provides the EPA with the funds to clean up the sites and gives it authority to force the polluters to lead the efforts or reimburse the government for the work. There are 38 sites in Massachusetts listed on the National Priorities List.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

This is no surprise. Franklin has been aware of the site for some time and working through the process to get it added to the listing to be eligible for government funding of the clean up required.

The EPA and MassDEP made a presentation to the Town Council July 9, 2014 in preparation for yesterday's announcement

Where is the property located?

image of superfund site
image of superfund site

Additional details can be found here

The original press release can be viewed here

Friday, July 11, 2014

300 Fisher St (map)

A follow up email from a Fisher St resident prompted sharing this map.

As I understand the water flow, Mine Brook flows from the Fisher St area towards Beaver St and i495. As you look at this map, it would be flowing up to the top of the map and to the left (oriented as north and westerly).

screen shot of the detailed map showing contamination at 300 Fisher St and Mine Brook
screen shot of the detailed map showing contamination at 300 Fisher St and Mine Brook

The details on the hazardous waste (contaminated soil and ground water) can be found in the notes from the Town Council meeting this week:

The presentation document and associated MA DEP files on 300 Fisher St can be found here