Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

LAUREL PARK, INC.
NAUGATUCK BOROUGH, CT

Cleanup Activities

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Background

www.epa.gov/superfund/laurelpark

The Laurel Park, Inc. site is located in Naugatuck Borough, Connecticut. A landfill occupies about 20 acres of a 35-acre parcel of land. The landfill has been in existence since the late 1940s. Several industries disposed of solvents, oils, hydrocarbons, chemical and liquid sludge, chemical solids, tires and rubber products there. Facility operations led to soil, surface water and groundwater contamination. Following cleanup, human exposures and contaminated groundwater migration are now under control. Operation and maintenance activities, leachate collection, and monitoring are ongoing.

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What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?

The site is being addressed through federal, state and potentially responsible party (PRP) actions.
The site was cleaned in three stages – initial actions and two long-term remedial phases. Cleanup involved fencing part of the site, installing a water line, building a sewer and source control, and groundwater treatment.

Initial actions included building a leachate collection system to capture contaminants leaching from the landfill area into the groundwater and elsewhere. A separate sewer line was built to carry leachate from the site to the Naugatuck Water Pollution Control facility for treatment.

To control the source of contamination and to treat groundwater, EPA chose a plan that included putting a synthetic cap over waste disposal areas. The plan also involved a leachate collection system that prevents contact with surface water, as well as a groundwater treatment system to reduce contaminant concentrations in the aquifer. A new water supply line was installed to service affected homes.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The site’s long-term remedy, completed in November 1997, includes a landfill cap, leachate collection and a series of extraction wells. The leachate collection system, which was upgraded in 1998, continues to run. Long-term groundwater monitoring is ongoing.

Now that construction has been completed, the site’s PRPs, with supervision from EPA and the Connecticut Department Energy of Environmental Protection, are responsible for operating and maintaining the remedy. This includes ongoing sampling and analysis of air, groundwater and surface water.

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EPA’s Involvement at the Site

In the early 1960s, citizens began to complain about odors, fires, spills and runoff from the site. In 1985, Uniroyal Chemical Company, Inc., a PRP, agreed to investigate contamination at the site. In 1987, EPA ordered the site’s PRPs to put in a water line. In 1989, the state and Uniroyal agreed to equally fund the installation of a sewer line to convey leachate from the landfill. In 1991, 19 PRPs signed an agreement to conduct the technical design of the cleanup plan.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup.

For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Institutional Controls are required for this site.

This site requires ICs because a decision document, such as a Record of Decision, has documented some level of contamination and/or remedy component at the site that would restrict use of the site. In order to determine the current status of ICs for this site, the site contacts should be consulted.

ICs are generally defined as administrative and legal tools that do not involve construction or physically changing the site. Common examples of ICs include site use and excavation restrictions put in place through State and local authorities like zoning, permits and easements. ICs are normally used when waste is left onsite and when there is a limit to the activities that can safely take place at the site (i.e., the site cannot support unlimited use and unrestricted exposure) and/or when cleanup components of the remedy remains onsite (e.g., landfill caps, pumping equipment or pipelines). Effective ICs help ensure that these sites can be returned to safe and beneficial use.
 
Disclaimer: This information is being provided by EPA as an informational tool to further assist the public in determining the types of restrictions that may be in place at National Priorities List sites being addressed by EPA under the Superfund program. In addition to the areas addressed by the institutional controls identified on this web site there may be other areas on the property that require restrictions on use of the property that are not captured in this EPA database. States and other entities may have implemented laws or restrictions applicable to this site. The information provided herein does not replace a title search or meet "All Appropriate Inquiry" requirements. U.S. EPA encourages users to review the Site files to obtain information regarding remedy components, containment systems and the land use for which cleanup standards were selected for these sites. More information and links can be found on the site profile page and the EPA regional offices may also be contacted.


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Operable Units

During cleanup, a site can be divided into a number of distinct areas depending on its complexity. These areas, called operable units (OUs), may address geographic areas, specific problems, or areas where a specific action is required. Examples of typical operable units include construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system or construction of a cap over a landfill.

View a list of all of the operable units at this site.

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Cleanup Progress

View the schedule for cleaning up this site.

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