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EPA to Erect Fence at Parcel 6A in Taunton, Massachusetts

Release Date: 10/05/2005
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Contact: Angela Bonarrigo (, Community Affairs Office, (617) 918-1034

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2005; Release # ab051001

Boston -- EPA will begin work this week to install a fence at the Parcel 6A Site in Taunton, MA. The approximate 6.8-acre site is a vacant lot on Mason Street between Porter and Wales Streets in downtown Taunton.

During recent investigations, metals contamination, including arsenic and lead and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) were found in the surface soil on the property. EPA is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) and the City of Taunton to install the fence and prevent access and potential exposure to the contaminants. EPA is also working with MADEP and the City to investigate potential soil contamination on abutting properties to better define the extent of contamination.

The site, a former rail maintenance facility and foundry, is presently owned by the City of Taunton and the Taunton Redevelopment Authority. Nearby residents are reminded to refrain from walking across or trespassing on the property.

As part of the cleanup, EPA will be clearing vegetation from the property in preparation for erecting a fence around the perimeter of the property. The fence is expected to be installed within a month, weather permitting.

Related Information:
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RCRA Cleanup
RCRA/Hazardous Waste