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EPA to Begin Asbestos Removal at Burned Mill in Southington, Conn.

Release Date: 01/21/04
Contact Information: Contact: Contact: Andrew Spejewski, EPA Press Office, (617) 918-1014

For Immediate Release: January 21, 2004; Release # 04-01-09

BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will begin this week an asbestos removal at the former Beaton & Corbin site in Southington, Conn. The cleanup is estimated to cost $120,000 and take about four weeks.

The Beaton & Corbin site, at 328 Main Street, is a former plumbing manufacturing plant, abandoned in 1989. In 1997, at the request of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP), EPA removed and disposed of abandoned hazardous materials remaining from electroplating and other manufacturing processes.

A fire on September 22, 2003 destroyed most of the building, exposing asbestos insulation from the plant's boiler room. CT DEP temporarily secured the site with tarps and sheeting to prevent asbestos release and requested EPA assistance with a final cleanup.

EPA contractors will secure the site to prevent asbestos release during work, remove all asbestos-containing material from the site and ship it to an approved disposal facility. If necessary, remaining portions of walls will be shored-up or dismantled to allow safe access. The site will also be tested for other, non-asbestos contamination.

While the Beaton and Corbin site is near to the Solvents Recovery Service Superfund Site, it is a separate site and an unrelated cleanup. The Solvents Recovery Service site is a former hazardous waste treatment facility at which responsible parties are currently conducting an investigation and cleanup under the supervision of EPA. It is expected that a cleanup plan will be finalized by the end of this year. The site is also unrelated to the Old Southington Landfill Superfund Site. The landfill was capped in 2001 and remaining groundwater contamination is being investigated.

Related Information:
Beaton & Corbin
Fact Sheet

Superfund in New England