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Cleanup Completed at Plainfield's "Carvill Combing" Site

Release Date: 09/16/2005
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Contact: David Deegan (, EPA Office of Public Affairs, (617) 918-1017

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2005; Release # dd050906

(Plainfield, Conn.) - EPA has completed a one million dollar cleanup of the Carvill Combing Co. site at 63 Brunswick Ave. in Plainfield, CT. The two-story building was a former textile mill which was abandoned in the late 1970's and since fallen into a state of disrepair.

EPA began in October 2004 to demolish and remove asbestos-contaminated building debris. In total, more than 800 tons of asbestos-contaminated demolition debris was disposed of off-site at a permitted facility. Another seven roll-off containers of washed steel and 18 cubic yards of bricks and other salvageable construction material were transported off-site to be recycled.

The Carvill Combing facility is one of three former mill sites in Plainfield where EPA has been working to remove asbestos-contaminated debris. At the nearby Brunswick Mill, located on Brunswick Avenue, EPA is wrapping up a one million dollar cleanup to remove asbestos-contaminated debris from the former Mill complex which was destroyed by a fire in 2000.

EPA and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP) have also been working together on a $1.6 million cleanup at a third former mill site in Plainfield. After a fire broke out at the Inter Royal Mill Site late last April, CT DEP and the Plainfield Fire Department requested that EPA emergency personnel be dispatched to the scene to conduct air monitoring and sampling for potential airborne asbestos fibers, lead and particulate dust. In the hours and days following the fire, EPA remained at the site to cleanup asbestos-contaminated debris from nearby neighborhoods where it had been transported by the fire, and in the ensuing weeks, demolished the unstable fire damaged shell of the former mill building. Currently, EPA and CT DEP are reviewing the results of sampling conducted in the ruins of the former mill complex and determining the next steps at the site.

More information on the cleanup of the Carvill Combing site.

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