EPA Superfund Program: RAYMARK INDUSTRIES, INC., STRATFORD, CT

Superfund Site Profile

www.epa.gov/superfund/raymark

The 34-acre Raymark Industries, Inc. site is located at 75 East Main Street in Stratford, Connecticut.  Raymark Industries, Inc. (Raymark) was a manufacturer of automotive brakes, clutch parts, and other friction components, primarily for the automotive industry.  Raymark and its predecessors were located on a 34-acre parcel at 75 East Main Street in Stratford, CT.  Raymark operated at this location from 1919 until 1989 when operations ceased.  Raymark's manufacturing waste was historically disposed of as fill on the facility, but over time this waste material was also disposed of within Stratford at a minimum of 46 residential properties, and at numerous other commercial, recreational and municipal properties.  In addition, several wetland areas in close proximity to the Housatonic River were also filled in with Raymark's manufacturing waste.  The contaminants in Raymark's  waste primarily consisted of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, lead, and copper; however, extensive VOC soil contamination also exists at the former Raymark facility.  Extensive testing of soil, groundwater, soil gas, indoor air, and sediments throughout the Stratford community has been conducted by the EPA and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP).  The total population within 4 miles of the site is approximately 145,000.  No known public drinking water wells are located within 4 miles of the site; however, a few private water supply wells may exist upgradient of the former East Main Street facility.

Seed oysters are cultivated in the Housatonic River near some of Raymark's historical disposal locations and crabs and clams may also be harvested for recreational purposes in the area.  Selby Pond, located adjacent to Ferry Creek and the Housatonic River, has warning signs posted that informs the public that eels from this pond may have high levels of PCBs. 

The 34-acre former manufacturing facility at 75 East Main Street has been demolished, capped, and redeveloped into what is now known as the Stratford Crossing Shopping Center - which includes Home Depot, Shoprite, and Walmart.

The site is being addressed by area or Operable Unit. See What is Being Done for current status of each.

Initial Action
Operable Unit 1 - Facility
Operable Unit 2 - Groundwater/Indoor Air
Operable Unit 3 - Ferry Creek (Area I - Includes Upper Ferry Creek and Associated Wetlands
Operable Unit 4 - Raybestos Memorial Field (Ballpark)
Opearble Unit 5 - Shore Road
Opearble Unit 6 - Additional Properties
Operable Unit 7 – Ferry Creek (Area II - Includes Lower Ferry Creek, Selby Pond, and the Housatonic River Wetlands)
Operable Unit 8 – Ferry Creek (Area III - Includes Wetlands at Beacon Point and Elm Street)
Operable Unit 9 - Short Beach Park & Stratford Landfill
Vapor Mitigation Systems

TOPICS IN FOCUS

RECORD OF DECISION (ROD), FINAL REMEDY AT OPERABLE UNIT (OU) 2, INCLUDING VAPOR MITIGATING ACTIONS AND FINAL SOURCE CONTROL ACTIONS FOR OU 3, OU 4, OU 6, AND MODIFICATION TO THE OU1 REMEDY, September 9, 2016 (PDF) (473pp, 31.3MB)

http://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/01/592492

Administrative Record File

https://semspub.epa.gov/src/collection/01/AR64529


SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No